Chad Abrahamson - Guest Vocal Coach
Chad has been involved with music all his life in one way or another. He started in a church choir at 9 and performed in a church musical original by the time he was 12. After that musical theater drove his world for years until he started classically training up to and through his years at the University of Manitoba for voice.
Chad graduated last year with a bachelor of music in voice after 6 years. He was taught to speak French Italian and German as well as singing in multiple different forms : Gregorian chant, choirs, classical music as well as musical theater. Chad was a tenor soloist for Handel's Messiah and Monteverdi Vespers, in 3 professional choirs including the tenor soloist for First Presbyterian Church. He studied vocal pedagogy as well as theory. Chad also had the opportunity to train as a conductor and tried my hand at music engineering.
Now, back to his home town of Kelowna, he continues his love of musical theater through his most recent rolls of Frank Abignail Jr in Catch Me If You Can, Quasimodo in Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gabe in Next to Normal.
Chad is available for vocal coaching in January, 2019.
Culture Column - Okanagan Life Magazine
Kim writes a monthly Cultural Arts column in Okanagan Life Magazine featuring local musicians, actors and visual artists. It is a great opportunity to connect to the local arts community.
SNOW - A Frosty Fairy Tale - World Premier
Kim is wrote a play with her husband Jim performed November 26-29 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Kim directed the play and Jim starred as the villain.
“SNOW - A Frosty Fairy Tale” is a holiday show full of music, dance, comedy and song.
Something is preventing the Snow Sisters from doing their job - making snow. Could it be Fiero and his nasty sisters Scorch and Burnella up to their old tricks? Only the children in the audience can help the unlikely heroine and save the day so it can snow in time for the Snowflake festival.
Come see the world premier of “SNOW! A Frosty Fairytale”, an original script created by local Kelowna playwright/musicians Kim Foreman-Rhindress and Jim Rhindress. “We wanted to create an original script that would capture the imaginations of the children while still entertaining their parents,” says writer Jim. “Plus, not just entertain them but also give them an opportunity to participate during the show WHILE entertaining them” adds Kim. “It’s been a lot of fun writing SNOW. We have written lots of songs together but this is the first complete script” says Kim who will also be directing her husband Jim in the show. The result of this couple’s combined creativity is a fast moving and colourful fairy tale of the snow sisters Chillette, Frostina and Flakella’s stuggle to save winter from their cousin Fiero and his sisters with the help of Jack Frost and Mother Nature.
An inventive component to SNOW! is that there will be performances throughout by various well known community groups such as M.A.S.K., The White Sails Chorus, Kitsch ‘n Sync and Mystic Dance. Additionally, there will be a few other groups who are only able to do one or two shows so the result is a show will be just a little different at every performance. “We wanted to create a show that could incorporate many talented groups from Kelowna and give them a forum where they can do what they do best on a big stage” says Kim.
“We are really excited to premier this original piece of theatre and are very excited to have so many experienced and talented actors involved,” says director Kim, “we really couldn’t have asked for a better cast to premier this show.”
Kim directed the hilarious comedy "Having Hope At Home" for Theatre Kelowna Society. This award winning Canadian play reveals the struggles of a dysfunctional family of a renowned Obstetrician on the very evening his daughter goes into labour for a secret home birth. Brilliantly written with some of the best actors in the Okanagan, this play will have audiences laughing, crying and pondering their own family values. Opens April 22, 2015 at The Black Box Theatre downtown. www.theatrekelowna.org - as an aside, this show won best actor and runner up for best show and best director and at the Okanagan Zone Festival.