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June 25th, 2015

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By Nicole Benson

One single experience can lead to a whole new world of excitement and memories. For Emily Beauchesne, a grade five student at École Dickinsfield, her interest and passion for the theatre began when her mother Tanya took her on a trip to Edmonton to see a professional performance of the Broadway sensation Wicked.

“To watch the amazement in Emily’s eyes when she saw her first major stage production was priceless,” says Tanya.  “I loved watching the wonder in her eyes, and see her imagination run wild with dreams of her being up on stage like that one day.”

To foster that passion, Tanya has supported Emily in all of her theatrical endeavors beginning with her first audition for the 2014 Keyano Theatre Company (KTC) production of Les Misérables, where Emily earned a role as a street urchin. This first encounter with the stage piqued an interest she never knew existed and has blossomed into a love for the arts.

2014 was a big year for the budding actor. In addition to her role in Les Misérables, she was cast as Tiny Tim in KTC’s version of A Christmas Carol and participated in the young actors’ summer intensive program, Drama Force, where she played a variety of roles in their production of Disney Aladdin Jr.

“I really love being in plays,” says Emily, “and being part of the very first Drama Force program was really cool too. I felt like I was doing something extra special, like helping to start a new part of the community that was special for kids like me. I really loved hanging out with other kids and making new friends with people that love the same stuff I do. They really seem to understand me.”

Already registered for the 2015 Drama Force program, 10 year old Emily is looking forward to working with Director Roxanne Dicke, Musical Director Dianne Paré and Choreographer Leticia Klicpera again. This year’s class will present Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. “I hope I get cast as Sebastian,” she says. “I think his silly, funny character would be good role for me since I’m kind of like that too, silly and fun but serious at the same time.”

“After seeing how much Emily loved being in the Drama Force program and how much she grew in terms of self-confidence, registration for the 2015 session was a no brainer,” said Tanya. “Our summer plans revolve around being in town for the July/August program.”

For anyone interested in joining Emily, the youth summer intensive Drama Force program runs July 16 to August 7 at the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. Children must be between the ages 10-17, and performance dates are August 8 & 9. More information and registration can be found at or by calling the Keyano Box Office at 780-791-4990.

Nicole Benson is the Marketing Coordinator at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. For more information visit

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