BACKSTAGE: Magic Behind The Scenes

Backstage at CCPA is our behind-the-scenes blog. Contributors are students, faculty, and members of our community. 
Joscelyne Tamburri tells us about her experiences as a Year II student, from the classroom to the stage.


We have almost a month of practicing under our belt now, but as for now, instead of talking about the show rehearsals, I’m going to share a few cool things that have happened these past couple weeks.

Magical Sets – We were shown a scale mock-up of the set- from rooftops to park settings, it’s amazing to see the concepts on paper start to come to life. It’s so colourful and magical how all of the pieces will hopefully fit together, appear and disappear. The team is hard at work fabricating, painting and assembling as we speak. Don’t forget, the set has to be exchanged every night for the alternating show, The Drowsy Chaperone. They are truly an imaginative and talented team to pull this off.

The set model.
The set model.

Colourful Costumes – I had my first costume fitting for Mary Poppins! It was so surprising to me to be fitted so far before the show runs. I am used to getting fitted for costumes closer to the time of the opening. The costumes are gorgeous. One of the bonuses of being in the ensemble is that I get to portray a few different characters; which translates to 5 separate and custom created costumes! This past week the wardrobe department was working on two of my favourite pieces. My Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious costume has so many bright and vivid colors and fun abstract elements, and I feel like a Victorian debutante in my pale yellow, white lace edged Jolly Holiday dress. Every last detail has be clearly thought out on each of the pieces. Having a hands on look at the costumes so early also helps us imagine what the show will look like and it really helps us bring the magic to the process right from the start. I also had a little happy dance moment when I saw the tags sewn into my costumes, with my name on them. There I am in black and white, well needle and thread. It’s not just my name written on a piece of tape on the collar, but my full name, sewn into history. A little piece of a me is sewn into those costumes. Who knows, one day it might be used again in another TUTS show or borrowed by another theatre program like my school, CCPA (we rented the Beauty and the Beast costumes from TUTS last year for our year end production), and I like to think a little piece of me will be there in spirit.

There is one final notable moment to mention about this week. Like all of us in the cast and crew, when I’m not at the rehearsal hall I’m still keeping busy. While working for TUTS is a dream come true for me, it is in completely volunteer capacity. So I’m always excited for the chance to earn a little money when I can; and even more when I can earn it performing. Thanks to a connection through our school, I was hired to sing the national anthem for the graduation ceremony of a Vancouver based college. It worked out perfectly with my rehearsal schedule, plus it gave me a reason to get out of the dance tights and tap shoes for a few hours and dress up a little. Double bonus! I hope to pick up other odd jobs and maybe even some film and TV work on my days off, just as long as I can work it around rehearsals. Ah, the life of a performer. Must have ability to work flexible schedules, good at adapting to continually changing direction and able to tolerate a life of near poverty. And I’m loving every second of it.

Well, it’s back to memorizing those steps and lyrics in preparation for tomorrow! Got lots of work to keep me extremely busy the next few months. Until next time friends, stay classy and sassy.


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Joscelyne Tamburri

Joscelyne Tamburri

Victoria local Joscelyne Tamburri is a second-year student here at CCPA who is extremely passionate to find new ways to expand her creative palette. She is very grateful to be a part of such an amazing program that allows its students to grow to be the best artists they can possibly be.