VISITING GUEST ARTISTS
LEINA DEBOER 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.
ANGEL DURAN-HEON is a passionate artist who first delved into the community theatre scene in the summer of 2018. Since then he has had great fulfillment playing a variety of roles from: a martial arts oriented Benvolio in a variation of Romeo & Juliet, Asher & the Butler from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and even a dame in Cinderella The Pantomime. Angel is thankful for these roles as well as all the others unlisted which he’s had the pleasure of receiving.
Aside from this, Angel’s passion began as a child playing “pretend” with his friends, and eventually after high school pursued theatre and sparked his love for theatre.
Angel enjoys both physical and mental challenges on and off the stage. His physical interests include martial arts, rock climbing, and acrobatics. Mentally he enjoys running games of Dungeons and Dragons, hoping to adapt the material one day for book releases.
REUBEN LEONARD is an 18 year old musical theatre tenor who has been singing and performing his entire life. Throughout these years Reuben has been part of many musicals and plans to study musical theatre at University.
Some of his show credits include, 'Mary Poppins', 'The Sound of Music', 'Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and 'The Secret Garden', among many others. Reuben has been taking professional singing lessons for over 3 years now with Julie Duerichen, and continues to advance his techniques at every turn. Reuben has a very close relationship with his family and they constantly support him with his dreams and his musical career.
Reuben is excited to be working with “The National Stage Company of Canada” and with Tony for the second time, after having the first time be such an amazing experience for him.
KEEGAN ZAPOROZAN has been involved in musical theatre since his grade 11th year at Sardis Secondary School. His love for theatre and acting has only grown over the years as he is about to start his fourth year studying theatre at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Some of his most cherished memories and favorite rolls he has played in theatre are that of, his first show, ‘Legally Blonde’ playing Prof. Callaghan, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat’ playing the Pharaoh, and most recently in a pop up show from the University of the Fraser Valley titled ‘Dog sees God’ playing the role of Matt.
He enjoys spending time with his loved ones and all of his geek hobbies; he also considers the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy his inspiration for acting as well as what sparked his love for fantasy and story telling.
Keegan would like to thank his family and friends for their support on this journey.
LUCY KAY - Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire Lucy auditioned for TV talent show, Britain's Got Talent, where she became one of the top 2 finalists and was immediately snapped up by Record Label Sony Classical. Her debut album 'Fantasia' went straight to Number 1 in the Classical album charts, Number 18 in the UK top 40 and record of the week on Classic FM.
Lucy has performed in front of Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and her daughters along with a long list of A-listers at a private dinner held at Windsor Castle, in aid of Children in Crisis and recorded Flower of Scotland with the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Navy. Lucy appeared as a guest on a UK Arena Tour with one of the most iconic and influential performers of Classical Crossover music, Andrea Bocelli and was personally invited by Samuel L. Jackson to perform at his charity event 'One for the Boys’.
Lucy made her Musical Theatre debut in Bill Kenwright's UK touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in 2016 as the Narrator and reprised the role in 2017. This year Lucy made her West End Debut in the new hit opera show and world premiere of TriOperas arranged and directed by Pamela Tan-Nicholson. Lucy’s forthcoming album ‘Dark Angel’ explores different genres of music from rock to pop, still keeping the classical side very much alive.
MARGARET KEYS is known for her soaring and angelic vocals on albums such as 2009's Legato and 2018's The Gift of Music, Margaret Keys is a Northern Irish classical soprano vocalist. Her voice and sound are popular internationally and she has established a wide following on both sides of the hemisphere, having been recognized by label representatives in Australia. She has also performed and worked on Broadway and the West End. She is widely known for her unique reinterpretations of popular songs such as "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton and "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.
Born in Derry, she developed a keen interest in music and the arts from a very young age, deciding to pursue a career in performance. Her vocal talent was immense; after entering a competition at 15, she was awarded the gold medal for best overall singer in music examinations at the Trinity College of Music in London, England. She went on to acquire a First Class Honors Degree in Music Education before going on to study for a Master’s degree in Singing and Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. It was at the Academy that her general skill set expanded along with her singing, having learned German, French, and Italian to perform certain opera pieces. She went on to spend some time in New York City where she trained for the theater after receiving the BBC Fame Academy bursary. This led to her appearance in transatlantic productions of shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and My Fair Lady, in which she performed alongside renowned tenors Russell Watson and Alfie Boe. She subsequently signed a record deal with Universal Records Australia and put out her debut album, Legato, in 2009.
Over the next few years, Keys went on to perform her own material as well as operatic classics worldwide. She took time off between tours to focus on her music education endeavors, having founded MKeys Productions, which focuses on organizing children's productions for charity. In 2011, she performed as guest artist with the Fron Male Voice Choir on their U.S. tour, and reappeared in 2015, where she made her debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Christmas with Stars show. 2015 also saw her perform at a special concert in Philadelphia to honor Pope Francis' State Papal visit before another stateside performance in December 2016 at New York's Carnegie Hall for the Holiday for Peace Concert.
2017 saw her return to the U.S. to appear with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and then it was back to the U.K. for a performance at the London Palladium for the Sunday Night at the Palladium show. She subsequently performed at the HRH Prince of Wales Foundation Concert for Children and Arts, which led to her being appointed the official Irish Ambassador for the organization. In summer of 2018 she put out her second record, The Gift of Music.an
AUBREY COBHAM began his acting career at the ripe old age of three. As a young child he remembers going on stage, starting to sing, and stopping when he saw all the grinning faces staring back at him. It wasn't long after he was leading a platoon of soldiers, complete with cardboard swords, in a Christmas pageant. From then on it was a continuation of choirs in church and school, and always singing or acting. University afforded such opportunities in dramas (Shakespeare) Musicals, and the university choir.
Arriving in Victoria, some 40 years ago, Aubrey dived right into the arts scene by taking an Opera workshop which subsequently led to appearing in more than 20 productions, both in supporting and ensemble roles, with Pacific Opera Victoria.
With more than 20 years in the education field as a celebrated English & Dramatics Teacher, Aubrey found equal pleasure outside the theatre in the film industry where he had the pleasure of working on various projects including the motion picture ‘Little Women’ starring Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder.
Aubrey’s distinguished career continued to flourish over the years including conducting choirs, and directing plays and musicals in Shoreline, Reynolds, and Esquimalt High Schools, where in the latter he had the occasion to meet and work with, amidst a few rather colorful exchanges in the studio, with one Tony James for 4 or 5 years.
Having retired several years ago, Aubrey has found his career engulfing into a unique situation where the teacher is the student, and the student the teacher. He can hardly wait!.
JAMES RICH is a New York-based singer-actor, and playwright. His performing credits include touring with Harry Belafonte (Backup Singer), the First National Tour of "Rent" (Benny), "Saturday Night Fever" on Broadway (Booth Singer), Off-Broadway, and Regional Theater. Additionally, James performed in the premiere production of "Big Band Beat" at Tokyo Disney Resort, for which he was also the vocal and line captain. He received a Mousker Award (an honor usually reserved for company executives) for exemplary team support of the Disney Family.
Additionally, James has been the lead vocalist for numerous bands/orchestras in New York and Los Angeles. His one-man show, "When I Think About Love," played to sold-out audiences at multiple cabaret and concert venues in the Tri-State area. His LP of the same title is available on iTunes and various music streaming platforms. On-screen, James appeared in national TV commercials, guest star roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "As the World Turns," and he played Det. Phillip Anderson in the independent feature "Rogues."
Behind the scenes, James was an Assistant Costume Designer on the Emmy Award-winning Season 2 of "Dancing with the Stars," and as the Artistic Director for Randall Designs. He was the Costume Designer for "That's Dancin'" (Crystal Cruises) as well as numerous regional theater productions.
He is currently writing and developing "There Was a Boy," a musical about the life of Nat King Cole. The 2-act story pulls back the curtain on the shy musician's successes and failures as a performer, a husband, a father, and a son.
OWEN 'O'SOUND' LEE is a musician, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer from Toronto, Ontario. Owen grew up singing in church, and after studying Vocal Performance Jazz at York University he began pursuing music as a full-time career, and has been making strides ever since.
Owen has shared the stage and collaborated with numerous critically-acclaimed artists such as Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Drake, Jully Black, and Kardinal Offishall to name a few. He also produced an album of his own in 2012 called The Full Sound.
He is the former vocal director/arranger for Divine Worship, under the leadership of Brian Hamilton. During his tenure they recorded two studio albums, I Am A Christian and Chosen - which were both vocally arranged by Owen.
In 2014, Owen extended his musical reach to the east coast of Canada when he relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently the Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Hammonds Plains, the Program Coordinator of the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA), and the former Musical Director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir (2014-2019). In Nova Scotia, he has collaborated with artists such as Asia & Nu’Gruv, Cyndi Cain, Reeny Smith, Jody Upshaw, Erin Costello and Dutch Robinson, among others. The Nova Scotia Mass Choir’s 2016 Christmas CD Immanuel was produced, co-written, and arranged by Owen.
In 2018, Owen toured with Canadian award-winning rapper Classified for Classified’s Canada Day Tour, and Canadian Classic Tour with Classified, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes.
Owen is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations. Most recently, he was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s 2019 Industry Professional of the Year Award, and the 2019 Bucky Adams Award for the East Coast Music Association. In 2017, he was the recipient of the African Nova Scotia Music Association’s Rising Star Award.
In February 2020 Owen released a single entitled ‘Listen’ for African Heritage Month. The single was presented to the Nova Scotia House Of Assembly by MLA Lisa Roberts, and used as a tool to voice racial discrimination in Nova Scotia.
AILEEN QUINN was born June 28, 1971, and was introduced to show business by her mother Helenann who is a teacher and theatre actress.
Aileen's first movie was 'Paternity' starring the late Burt Reynolds. At the time Aileen was picked for the movie, she was on Broadway with Allison Smith playing a swing orphan in 'Annie'.
That same year she was chosen to play Annie in the film version out of 8000 girls. The announcement was made in January 1981 by director John Huston, who introduced Aileen as Annie to the world on T.V. and garnered the actress two Golden Globe Nominations.
Aileen was under contract for 6 years when she was approached to star in a new film version of - The Frog Prince (1986) - which aired on The Disney Channel often.
While Aileen was under contract, she starred in a variety of productions in Fort Bragg, North Carolina including Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz', Kim in "Bye Bye Birdie," Jenny in "Shenandoah," and Annie in "Annie," opposite Harve Presnell as Daddy Warbucks. She also starred in "A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Ukraine" in Bristol, Pennsylvania as Harpo Marx.
Aileen decided to take a break from show business and attended Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She received a B.A. with honors in Spanish and minored in Political Science. She spent 6 months living with a family in Chile as part of an exchange program at La Universidad Católica with all of her classes in Spanish. She considers it one of her life's most rewarding experiences.
After graduation from Drew, Aileen once again took to the stage playing Bette in "Oliver!" at the famous Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. She then begin a 5 year stint doing Broadway National Tours including "Fiddler On The Roof," "Peter Pan," and "Saturday Night Fever." In between touring, Aileen starred in two off-Broadway shows, "Dreamstuff," and "Yiddle With a Fiddle."
Starting in 2007, Aileen returned to film getting roles in various projects, including independent and studio backed. So, she decided to leave her East Coast roots, and moved to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2011. The following year she formed a Rockabilly, Swing, Blues Band appropriately named "Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Lizards." The band released their debut album in 2015, "Spin Me," which includes 10 tracks of all original material. Aileen has gone back into the recording studio as she did when she was 9 years old, recording the double platinum "Annie" soundtrack as well as her solo album, "Bobby's Girl," and is enjoying it as much now, as she did then. Her current band performs all over California in hopes to tour throughout the US and the world.
In addition to performing, Aileen teaches Master Classes all over the US in drama and musical theatre, and has directed and co-directed various children's theatre productions.