Adrienne Grange-founding Director/choreographer
Adrienne is originally from Toronto and started dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in classical ballet at some of the world's prestigious schools including Canada’s National Ballet School, Vaganova Ballet Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), and Kirov Academy (Washington D.C). A professional dance career has given her opportunity to share the stage with many great ballet artists and has performed both corps de ballet and principal roles with well-known ballet companies including Ontario Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, and The Kirov Ballet. In addition to ballet, Adrienne has many years experience in other dance styles such as jazz, tap, flamenco, contemporary, lyrical, ballroom, and European folk dancing.
Over the past 10 years, Adrienne has taught and choreographed for dance studios, musical theatre productions, musical theatre camps, and recently for an elementary school show choir. She also continues to be a local performer in community musical theatre productions.
While recognizing her affinity for choreography and passion for show choir productions Adrienne became founder of Island Show Choir and choreographer. She has a passion for teaching and believes in each individual’s unique ability and gift for performance. Adrienne is delighted to share her great knowledge of dance, music, and choreography and hopes to instill a joy for performance among all Island Show Choir performers and patrons.
Anna Shill- Music Director
“[Possessing] a lovely voice, artistry in spades and a delightful stage presence”
- Music in Victoria
“The standout was soprano Anna Shill. This young woman knows how to sing – great
projection and acting ability.
- Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Arts Critic
“One of the finest interpreters of new music in Canada...Anna Shill has a voice that floats and penetrates to the back of the recital hall.”
- Jared Hynnes, Composer.
Anna Shill, BMus (in Opera), MMus (in Voice Performance), has a wide range of accomplishments in music and theatre, from her work as a soloist in musical theatre, oratorio and opera, to the creation, direction and management of
theatrical productions and training programs for young musicians.
Anna is a versatile performer, with singing, acting and dancing credits in a wide range of opera, musical theatre and oratorio productions, some of which include:
Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), The Young Night (Ithaca, premiere for Justin Boechler), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Noémie (Cendrillon), Cis (Albert Herring), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Hero (Beatrice and Benedict),Tracey (Blisskrieg, premiere for Atomic Vaudeville), Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bach’s Canata No. 4, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli.
You catch her on stage next this coming year performing the title role of Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast in Vancouver in a new opera by Allison Cociani.
Anna’s theatrical management career began with East Van Opera, as director and choreographer for their premiere production of Alma. She has since acted as music director and conductor for several professional productions with Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre, and a variety of training programs for young performers. Anna is the continuing Secretary for East Van Opera and a core member of the creative team, working with the company’s Creative Director to write and produce new operatic works. Anna is also a founding member of the Youth Mentorship Program and acts as a Mentor herself within the program for talented, young musicians in Victoria.
As a teacher of voice, Anna’s growing studio comprises a wide range of talented and increasingly recognised singers. Many of her students have gone on to win competitions and study in prestigious programs. Anna is delighted to join the Kaleidoscope Theatre School on Faculty as their Voice Teacher and Musical Theatre Instructor this fall.
Anna is thrilled to be a part of Island Show Choir as music directors for Intermezzo and Harmonia glee choirs.
Sasha has a Bachelor Degree in Musical Theater and Playwriting from Hampshire College and nearly thirty years of experience as a singer, actor, and playwright. She has twenty eight years of experience in musical theatre, and several years as a professional actress in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Sasha local directorship credits and has directed numerous productions for both community theatre and musical theatre camps. Most recently, Sasha directed Four Seasons Musical Theatre productions of “Dr. Dolittle” (November 2016) and “High School Musical” (November 2017). She is also behind the creation and a performer with Theatre El Dente, a local dinner theatre company performing their original production of “Phantom of The Light Opera” throughout the summer. This summer Sasha is also directing and instructing four musical theatre camps by Four Seasons Musical Theatre for children ages 6 to 17 years old, and will oversee three productions including “Peter Pan”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “Into the Woods”.
Passion for music and teaching extends even into Sasha’s day job, where she works as a caregiver at St. Michaels University School. Sasha’s reputation as being a talented performer, teacher, and director makes her a huge gift to Island Show Choir’s team of instructors. Sasha is music director for Minuet and Melody glee choirs.