A number of Massey students had the opportunity to participate in the production of Chris Rabideau's version of West Side Story. Miya Morris played a lead role and left audiences awed and inspired with her performance as Maria. Many other Massey students were involved iboth on the stage and behind the scenes at the shows. They included:
Miya Morris, Maria
Chris Clarke, Doc (and ACT Board Member)
Olivia Ridpath, Consuelo
Graduate, Sebastian Bachmeier, was also in the orchestra.
Mr. Ian Smith helped out Arts Collective Theatre with accompaniment and
his musical wisdom as well. I'm so happy that all of the students' hard work
paid off in the end.
See the story from BizX Magazine written by Alan Halberstadt below:
West SideStory through a Social Justice Lens
Windsor’s Chris Rabideau is taking the popular musical West Side Story to a new level by presenting audiences with a version of the theme that addresses its social justice underpinnings.
This unique production is the first offering from the new theatre group Arts Collective Theatre (ACT), housed in the historic Olde Walkerville Theatreon Wyandotte Street East.
As director, Rabideau has cast the ACT show with talented students from across the region. ACT’s focus is to nurture young talent and provide them with opportunities to grow and showcase those talents through mentorship and performance.
“In this project all of our lead actors have never been a lead before. This is giving a new opportunity for new talent to be highlighted in the City of Windsor,” said Rabideau. “This is about the students, a journey. It is their opportunity to showcase their talent and the “love they have for the arts.”
Cast as the iconic Maria, this is Miya Morris’s stage debut.
“I am excited to play Maria in this epic musical with such a talented and eclectic group of performers from all walks of life,” said Morris. “I hope Windsor takes a chance on something as innovative and new as what ACT has to offer the community through this forward-thinking production.”
This is also the vision of the show’s executive producer, Mary Lambros, owner of the Olde Walkerville Theatre and Lorelei’s Bistro and members of its Board of Directors who bring theatre expertise to the group.
"It is my pleasure to have ACT as a part of my theatre. We work with an organization with a community focus which is very important to me. I look forward to a long relationship in developing and producing many future presentations,” said Lambros.
Chris Clarke plays Doc and says ACT is not your average theatre company.
“It is a place where youth can meet, share their experiences and feel free to express themselves without the fear of judgment or ridicule. I know that through ACT I have grown not only as an actor, but as a person as well,” said Clarke. “When you put it all together, you get an experience that is absolutely fantastic.”