Donna Feore has choreographed performances at the Opéra National de Lyon France and the Canadian Opera Company but she’s best known for her work directing at the Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company.
Her work at the festival includes critically acclaimed productions, all with new choreography, of “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” just to name a few.
In 2016 Feore gained notoriety for directing the first ever professional production of “A Chorus Line” with all new, original choreography which Feore created.
I spoke with Feore about her work directing and choreographing the world premiere of “The Hockey Sweater,” a new musical that is based on the beloved short story by Roch Carrier.
The animated short film adaptation of Carrier’s story received the Best Animated Film award at the 1981 British Academy Film Awards.
We talk about the creative process behind adapting the story to a stage musical.
Feore, who is known for seeking out the best actors, also talks about her audition process and what she expects from actors.
Donna Feore on Twitter
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The Stratford Festival
Bethany has been dancing since the age of three.
Bethany Kovarik has danced in New York and at the finest theatres in Canada.
She also gives back to the dance community by sharing her skills with younger dancers. She loves educating and mentoring young dancers to be strong performers; mentally, emotionally, and physically. She’s particularly enjoys working with dancers in their late teens, dealing with big transitions in their life.
Bethany’s a proud graduate of the Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.
We talk about Bethany’s work in “A Chorus Line” at The Stratford Festival as well as the career decisions dancers have to make.
Jesse Robb Choreography with Bethany in New York: on Facebook
A Chorus Line at the Stratford Festival
Episode #20 with Bethany.
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Bethany Kovarik began dancing at the age of three. At the age of twelve she was travelling to New York City, and later Los Angeles, on dance scholarships.
Currently, Bethany is the ensemble swing in the Stratford Festival production of “Crazy For You.” As a swing, Bethany fills in anytime an ensemble member can’t perform. We discuss what it feels like to be prepared to perform every night, but rarely getting the chance.
Bethany also opens up about her teenage years and the rigorous world of dance competitions.
In 2010 Bethany graduated from Sheridan College’s three-year, music performance program.
Since then she’s been dancing on stages across Canada, including including Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, London’s Grand Theatre, Calgary’s Stage West and several Drayton Entertainment productions.
Bethany Kovarik is a coordinator of the Dance Canada competition and pageant. She is also passionate about inspiring and educating others, especially young dancers, to live their highest and best self.
Links From the Podcast
Sheridan College Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance
Reviews of Stratford’s “Crazy For You.”
Stratford’s “Crazy For You” on YouTube