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AN ELEGANT CONCERT CELEBRATING THE FIRST LADY OF SONG

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STARRING 

International Recording Artist & Actress, LEINA DEBOER

and featuring celebrated Canadian pianist MORRISSEY DUNN

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A National Stage Company of Canada World Premiere Concert
Created & Produced By: Tony James

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ABOUT

Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes an original west coast concert presentation memorializing the 25th Anniversary year since the passing of the legendary ELLA FITZGERALD

PRELUDE TO A KISS blends together an unforgettable evening of popular jazz standards and ballads made famous by the multi Grammy Award-winning 'first lady of song', Ella Fitzgerald. 

Set against a stunning background, PRELUDE TO A KISS fills the stage with iconic music that paints an intimate portrait of the woman, the artist, and the American legend she became. With incredible lead vocals by award-nominated recording artist and actress,, LEINA DEBOER, accompanied by celebrated Canadian pianist, MORRISSEY DUNN of Halifax, Nova Scotia, this stirring new concert is an event not to be missed.

Featuring classic hits like 'Summertime', 'The Man That Got Away', 'Blue Skies', 'Get Happy', 'Night and Day' and 'Over the Rainbow', among countless others, PRELUDE TO A KISS will undoubtedly transport you back to an era when jazz was the dominant form of popular music and could be heard emanating from radio stations and concert halls around the world.

PRELUDE TO A KISS is not just a musical concert, but a sentimental journey that embodies a level of glamour, storytelling, and showmanship that will thrill audiences of all ages. We welcome you to join us in 2022 for this exclusive tour.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer | Director: 

Tony James

Musical Director:

Morrissey Dunn

Executive Production Manager:

Sadie Dufour

 

PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

BRITISH COLUMBIA PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

JANUARY 23, 2022

THE PORT THEATRE

NANAIMO, BC. - 7:30 PM

JANUARY 24, 2022

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE

COURTENAY, B.C. - 8:00 PM

JANUARY 26, 2022

TIDEMARK THEATRE

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $70.00 
'Premium': $60.00
General: $55.00

VIP: $67.00
Premium: $60.00 
General: $55.00

Phone: 250.754.8550

porttheatre.com

125 Front Street

Phone: 250.338.2430

sidwilliamstheatre.com

442 Cliffe Avenue

VIP: $67.00
Premium: $30.00 - $60.00

Phone: 250.287.7465

tidemarktheatre.com

1220 Shoppers Row

JANUARY 27, 2022

THE ROXY THEATRE

VICTORIA, B.C. - 8:00 PM

JANUARY 28, 2022

CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE

SIDNEY, B.C. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $65.00
Premium:
$55.00
 

Phone: 250.382.3370

attheroxy.ca

2657 Quadra Street

VIP: $65.00
Premium:
$55.00
 

Phone: 250.656.0275

marywinspear.ca

2243 Beacon Avenue

JANUARY 21, 2022

KNOX UNITED CHURCH

PARKSVILLE, B.C. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
Premium:
$55.00
 

Phone: 778.587.9488

345 Pym Street

JANUARY 29, 2022

MATSQUI CENT. AUDITORUM

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $65.00
Premium: $55.00
 

Phone: 778.587.9488 

32315 South Fraser Way

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ON SALE DEC 1st

ON SALE DEC 10th

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VIP BENEFITS: Prime Front Row Seats | Private Meet & Greet | Complimentary Beverage | Photo and Autograph opportunity

'VIP' TICKET AVAILABILITY (PER VENUE):  Parksville: 50 | Nanaimo: 100 | Campbell River: 100 | Courtenay: 100 | Victoria: 50 | Sidney: 50 | Abbotsford: 75 

GROUP RATES:  Groups of 10 or more persons receive 10% off. Available only if purchased online. (Discount excludes VIP tickets) 

NOVA SCOTIA PERFORMANCE INFORMATION - ON SALE SOON

APRIL 2, 2022

LUNENBURG OPERA HOUSE

LUNENBURG, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium': $50.00 

Phone: 902.634.3180

ticketpro.ca

290 Lincoln Street

APRIL 3, 2022

THE ASTOR THEATRE

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium: $50.00 

APRIL 5, 2022

THE YARC PLAYHOUSE

YARMOUTH, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium: $50.00 

APRIL 6, 2022

KING'S THEATRE

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium: $50.00 

APRIL 8, 2022

AL WHITTLE THEATRE

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium: $50.00 

APRIL 9, 2022

FOUNTAIN PERF. ARTS CENTRE

WINDSOR, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00
Premium: $50.00 

Phone: 902.354.5250

ticketpro.ca

 219 Main Street

Phone: 902.742.8150

yarcplayhouse.com

 76 Parade Street

Phone: 902.532.7704

kingstheatre.ca

 209 St. George Street

Phone: 902.798.2278

ticketpro.ca

 33 King's-Edgehill Lane

Phone: 1.778.587.9488 

450 Main Street

APRIL 10, 2022

MARIGOLD CULTURAL CENTRE

TRURO, N.S.. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00 
 Premium: $50.00

APRIL 12, 2022

ALDERNEY LANDING

DARTMOUTH, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $65.00 
 Premium: $55.00

Phone: 902.897.4004

marigoldcentre.ca

605 Prince Street

Phone: 1.888.311.9090

ticketpro.ca

2 Ochterloney Street

APRIL 13, 2022

BELLA ROSE ARTS CENTRE

HALIFAX, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $65.00 
 Premium: $55.00

Phone: 902.422.6278

tickethalifax.com

2309 Maynard Street

APRIL 14, 2022

DECOSTE PERF. ARTS CENTRE

PICTOU, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00 
 Premium: $50.00

APRIL 15, 2022

HIGHLAND ARTS THEATRE

SYDNEY, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00 
 Premium: $50.00

APRIL 17, 2022

SAVOY THEATRE

GLACE BAY, N.S. - 8:00 PM

VIP: $60.00 
 Premium: $50.00

Phone: 902.485.8848

decostecentre.ca

99 Water Street

Phone: 902.565.3637

highlandartstheatre.ca

40 Bentinck Street

Phone: 902.842.1577

savoytheatre.com

116 Commercial Street

*WOLFVILLE PERFORMANCE: Please call the NSCC office to purchase tickets. Long distance charges may apply.

VIP BENEFITS: Prime Front Row Seats | Private Meet & Greet | Complimentary Beverage | Photo and Autograph opportunity

'VIP' AVAILABILITY (PER VENUE):  Lunenburg: 75 | Liverpool: 50 | Yarmouth: 75 | Annapolis: 50 | Wolfville: 30 | Windsor: 100 | Truro: 50 | Dartmouth: 75  

Halifax: 100 | Pictou: 100 | Sydney: 100 | Glace Bay: 200

GROUP RATES:  Groups of 10 or more persons receive 10% off. Available only if purchased online. (Discount excludes VIP tickets) 

NEW YORK PERFORMANCE INFORMATION - ANNOUNCED SOON

THE ARTISTS - THE BIOS 

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LEINA DEBOER

LEINA is a dynamic singer, songwriter and actor currently based out of British Columbia. Originally from Hawaii, Leina has been singing and writing songs since she was 3 years old. 

Growing up, Leina never met a stage that she was afraid to get on; organizing talent shows and creating skits for her peers in school. In college, she took part of the worship and performing arts program for two years, diving into song writing, dance, acting and singing. As a young adults and youth leader, she created and provided oversight for various performing arts productions in Alberta and B.C.

Leina has had the great fortune of sharing the stage with popular artists like: All-4-One, Bone Thugs and Harmony, KJ-52, and Micah Tyler. She has had multiple songs on Canadian radio, was nominated for top R&B song in the Edmonton Music Awards, placed 2nd in the Praise 106.5’s Platinum Artist Contest, and continues to share her passion of music and art with people of all ages.

Leina got to be a part of the Gallery 7 production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" where she met and worked with world-renowned director, Anthony James. She headlined “Motown Magic" that toured in different parts of B.C in sold out venues. Leina then landed the role of “Rosie” in Fraser Valley Stage’s, “Mama Mia” where she enjoyed singing and dancing to some of Abbas’s most iconic songs for packed-out crowds.

Leina is humbled and excited to be headlining “A Kiss to a Prelude” with The National Stage Company of Canada. So much of the styles of music today, exists because of the jazz sound. There is always a story in the lyrics that speaks of love and the heartbreak can often follow. Jazz is a style of music that is known to be filled with class, soul, and passion. It is an incredible honor for Leina and she can’t wait to take the stage and share some of these most cherished classics with you.

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MORRISSEY DUNN

MORRISSEY has been involved in music in some fashion for literally all his life, having been introduced to and tutored on the piano at a very early age by his late father and well known musician, Gerard. After a brief period of music lessons, it was clear music would play a major part in his life and went on to study Conservative Music Theory and Practical. 

Over the years, Morrissey has accompanied various artists on guitar and bass, but his true love, and what has been keeping him the busiest for the last while, is the piano.  Moe, as he is known in many circles, continues to be a featured solo performer at many venues in Atlantic Canada (An Evening with Moe Dunn), singing and playing ageless songs from the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, The Beatles and more.  To add to his performing resume, Morrissey has also found himself fortunate enough to act in several movies, TV specials and documentaries, notably Shattered City, The Halifax Explosion, Black Harbour, Star Track, Bruce Curtis Story and others. 

While performing has been on Moe's resume for a long time, it's not his only passion, as he can be heard weekday afternoons 3-7pm on Jewel Radio (105.1), a nationally broadcast radio format enjoyed by listeners who love their Lite Favorites.  

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ELLA FITZGERALD

ELLA is "The First Lady of Song," best known for her vocal talents, including an impressively wide vocal range partnered with a uniquely sweet voice and a whimsical flair to her singing. She is also very much recognized for her scat singing and her ability to mimic musical instruments. Her journey from her humble beginnings to her rise to stardom is truly a tale of success, heart, passion, love, and perseverance.

Ella Fitzgerald, started out in a life of simplicity. Her parents, William and Temperance, did not stay together after she was born. As a result, she grew to recognize her mother's boyfriend, Joseph Da Silva, as her stepfather. She also has a half-sister, Frances. Their lifestyle was simple before Fitzgerald found her spot in the entertainment industry. Joseph worked as a digger and as a part-time driver, Temperance would do catering services and work at a laundromat, and Ella worked a handful of small jobs, even with gamblers as a runner at some point.

Fitzgerald first married dockworker Benny Kornegay, but their marriage did not last upon Ella's discovery of Kornegay's criminal past. Annulment followed. Fitzgerald then met musician Ray Brown in 1946, and their love resulted in a marriage, and the adoption of Ray, Jr. Fitzgerald and Brown had their fair share of ups and downs and issues of being apart quite a lot due to their work. Their eventual divorce in 1952, as unfortunate as it was, did not stop Fitzgerald and Brown from staying good friends. 

Fitzgerald was acquainted with musician Benny Carter, who was impressed with her skills and would introduce Fitzgerald to acquaintances and connections who could give her a good start in the industry. From then on, Fitzgerald's musical journey progressed. She met Chick Webb and would begin performing with his band. She adjusted to the times, to the musical trends, while still maintaining an individual and signature flair. It was in 1938 that Fitzgerald would rise to fame. Thanks to her more whimsical rendition of "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," her album sold around a million copies, rank the highest and even maintained an elevated position in the pop charts for around 4 months.

Her musical journey continued to ascend, and soon enough, she was working with Louis Armstrong and producing a songbook series. Her covers of songs by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, and other artists became very recognized due to the beauty of the songs highlighted in her renditions. Eventually, she began appearing on television. Her six-decade journey saw her getting award after award, recognition after recognition, honorary doctorate after honorary doctorate.

Diabetes took a toll on Fitzgerald, and her physical condition, which for a time did not stop her from still performing against better judgment, eventually led to the amputation of both her legs below the knees. This sad turn of events would mark her slowing down in her craft until she would be savoring the simple pleasures, her family, and the tranquility of her environment to get by. Fitzgerald, "The First Lady of Song," died on June 15, 1996. 

MEDIA 

OFFICIAL POSTER 

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SUMMERTIME

Film by: Gamut Productions | Edited by: Kohl Fast 

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