Kids With Dreams showcases Saanich Peninsula talent

Mountain Dreams Productions welcomes youth regardless of on stage experience.

Last year’s production of Let’s Go To The Hop by Mountain Dreams Productions was the culmination of the youth Triple Threat classes, where kids and teenagers learn to sing, act and dance, regardless of their previous experience.

Kids With Dreams, the latest musical sensation to come out of Mountain Dreams Productions, explores the question ‘Do dreams really come true?’

The culmination of the company’s Triple Threat class, the show gets kids from all backgrounds in front of an audience to show off their newly honed skills as they explore dreams of adventure, travel and stardom.

Directed by Margaret Watt, a longtime teacher and founder of Mountain Dreams, the kids explore their dreams onstage, using their fellow performers to help bring the fantasies to life.

Watt has been running the Triple Threat program in Sidney for 15 years and partnered with the Charlie White Theatre in 2009 to bring her performers to the stage, no matter their experience or background.

“We’ve taught thousands and thousands of kids,” she says. “And everyone is included in our program. It doesn’t matter if they have years of experience or no experience, and we also have special needs kids.”

Kids With Dreams features performers aged seven to 13 who have gone through the Triple Threat class to learn singing, dancing and acting over five months of hard work and rehearsals.

Watt, who has had musical theatre in her blood since she was eight, says her favourite part is seeing it all come together.

“The reward I get from watching the kids perform, that final product and what they do, is fabulous. That’s worth more pay than anything in the world,” she says.

Shows run Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Ave. in Sidney. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For tickets, call the box office at 250-656-0275 or visit marywinspear.ca.

The next Triple Threat session runs Feb. 3 to June 20. Contact the box office for more information.

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