BACKSTAGE: Moving Into The House On Cherry Tree Lane

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.


I have had quite the summer adventure! Since the last time I had a blog posted, I have packed up my CCPA books and moved! Here’s a hint to where: all around me people are speaking in British accents and a very special nanny is in charge… Ok. I admit I might not have actually moved across the pond to London, but I am getting my own taste of England in a little “Big City” experience (that is what my dad is calling it) this summer. I am so excited to tell you that my blogs for the next couple of months are going to feature my summer in Vancouver, but more importantly, my first hand accounts of performing in the amazing show “Mary Poppins”.

I am so thrilled that I earned a role to perform with the theater company Theater Under The Stars (TUTS) at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park; basically Vancouver Summer Stock. If you aren’t familiar with Malkin Bowl, it’s an open air theatre and a very special part of Vancouver’s history. Originally built in 1934, it has been home to TUTS for over 60 years. I have wanted to be apart of of this magic since I spent my first summer watching their first class Broadway productions as a young girl. They perform two alternating Broadway musicals all summer long through July and August. I’m going to be busy, but I can already tell this is gonna be a rad summer, and here is why:

  1. I’m spending an entire summer doing what I love.
  2. I’m doing it with incredibly talented people who love it too.
  3. I can only imagine all the new things I am going to learn & experience.
  4. I’m moving out of my Victoria house (sorry mom, I’ll miss you but I don’t think I’m gonna get home sick…) and into my really cool aunt and uncle’s house, along with their adorable son. *Bonus points for awesome kids snacks that I’ll end up stealing*
  5. New friends; always a good thing.
  6. It’s Vancouver… ‘Nuff said.

So this week, we are jumping in with both feet and starting the two month rehearsal process learning the shows dance numbers, including my favorite tap piece “Step In Time.” I was psyched for this one, and it is one of the first things we are doing…. I am in Heaven. Our choreographer Nicol Spinola is so incredible to work with. She is able to make everyone look great doing her choreography, which changes style from one number to the next to connect to the feeling of the song. It’s so amazing to work with her and I love watching her work and create, sometimes on the spot, and be a part of implementing her vision.

She has me tap dancing on a very tall rooftop in “Step in Time,” a skill I will be definitely adding to the special skills list on my resume. The set pieces are amazing, plus the clown car aspects in it are hilarious…. You’ll understand if you see it (which you should!) but picture a seemingly endless supply of chimney sweeps squeezing in and out of a fireplace flue, all in time to the music.

I also learned that we are doing the original hand-signing for the number “Supercal” and I don’t know to be excited or nervous as I hear it is very intricate and fast-paced. A mix of both is probably reasonable, but I am mostly excited. The next couple of weeks will be intense, I can already tell. So far we have started Jolly Holiday and Step in Time, next week we add Supercal and Precision and Order. Looks like my brain will be exercising too!

The Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park.
The Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park.

So far, it’s beautiful in Vancouver. The sun is out, it’s a lovely warm temperature with a cool breeze, so it’s not too hot. We were able to open the doors of the Bowl for rehearsal on Saturday, and it was so nice to be dancing in the sunshine. We even had a bit of an audience throughout the day watch us rehearse and clap for us, as people who were wandering around Stanley Park came across the open Bowl and stayed to see what a group of tappers were doing.

It is gonna be a great summer, I hope you keep tuned to see the upcoming blogs and maybe even some see the show (Mary Poppins at The Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC; just in case you were wondering)!
Until next time folks, 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.