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2019 East County Career Expo

Employers want to talk with YOU about YOUR future! Find a job/career path at the East County Career Expo! It’s free for all job-seekers – Just come ready to make a great first impression!

When: May 1, 2019 – 9am-1pm

Where: Cuyamaca College Student Center (Building I, Top Floor); 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway

 

Opening Night for Steele Canyon Players Annual Spring Musical “Les Miserables” Coming Up on March 20, 2019

The students of the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments are rehearsing diligently to present their production of the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables. Students have constructed stage sets, set the rigging, adjusted the lights, and are perfecting their cues and musical numbers. The production includes over 130 students in the cast, crew and orchestra. According to Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Music Director, Heather Luck, Steele Canyon High School musicals are unique as they are the only school in the area to perform with live orchestral accompaniment.

It is under one week until opening night: Wednesday, March 20th at 7 PM. The show’s run continues March 21, 22, & 23 at 7 PM and March 24 at 2 PM.

All performances are in the Steele Canyon High School Theatre, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows are close to selling out so get your tickets soon. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online www.schscougars.org for $10 each, or at the box office on the day of performance for $15 each. Students with I.D., $10 at the door.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean (Jackson Shaffer), released from years of unjust imprisonment, finds only mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption. He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert (Sean Huitt), who does not believe Valjean can be reformed. Valjean aids a struggling working-class woman, Fantine (Rosie Barrack), by becoming a guardian to her child, who is poorly treated by her paid caregivers, the Thénardier’s (Tyler Hicks & Claire Doucet). The play progresses to the Paris student uprising of 1832, led by Enjolras (Ryan Singer), where a young Eponine (Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur) sacrifices everything for the love of a student revolutionary, Marius (Brice Cloke). Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves Marius, who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette (Morgan Feeney Ingraham).

This production is made possible with the generous support of the Tim Abbott Family & the Michael J. Slater Family.

 

About the Steele Canyon Players & Instrumental Music Department –

Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in San Diego County’s high school musical theatre.

 

 

London Stage Star of Les Miserables Dean Chisnall Visiting SCHS Drama in March

STEELE CANYON THEATER STUDENTS “DREAM A DREAM” WITH STAR OF THE LONDON PRODUCTION OF LES MISÉRABLES

Actor, Dean Chisnall, to visit East County High School in March

London stage actor, Dean Chisnall, will be visiting Steele Canyon Charter High School from March 7 through March 9 to help prepare the school’s theatre department for their own production of the award-winning hit, Les Misérables, premiering March 20th.  He will also be the main event in “Who Am I? An Evening with Dean Chisnall” benefit night for San Diego County theater students at Steele Canyon High School on the evening of Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm.  “I’m so excited and honoured to come to Steele Canyon – it’s a huge privilege to be invited to share my passion with such like minded students and staff. I’ll be there soon… See you on the barricade” -Dean Chisnall.

 

Chisnall will be the guest of honor in the Steele Canyon Theatre on March 7, @ 7:00pm. In an informal evening, through a Q & A session, Chisnall will share his story, training, inspirations, give a sneak peak at his favorite roles, as well as share his wisdom for success in the industry. Tickets are $20 online/$25 door. Visit www.schscougars.org.

 

Dean Chisnall is originally from Lancashire, England, and a 2005 graduate from The Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre in London.  In addition to his current lead role as Jean Valjean in the London cast of Les Misérables, Chisnall’s West End and international theater credits include The Woman In White, Never Forget, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia!, Evita, and La Cage aux Folles.

 

Steele Canyon music director, Heather Luck, befriended Dean Chisnall while on a trip to London last December.  Luck invited him to America to meet the students of the Steele Canyon Players so that he might offer them advice and tutelage as they get ready for their upcoming production of Les Misérables.  Chisnall accepted the invitation.  Along with Steele Canyon theater director, Nicole LaBella, Luck and Chisnall will team-up to instruct and inspire the young actors to capture the essence of some of most beloved characters ever created for musical theater.

 

The Steele Canyon Players are rising stars in the local high school theater scene.  Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.

 

Steele Canyon Charter High School is a California charter high school located near the eastern San Diego County communities of Jamul, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley.  Opened in 2000, the school serves students in grades 9 through 12. Steele Canyon has operated as a charter school since July 1, 2007.

Steele Canyon High School Production Wins BEST MUSICAL at 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards!

This is a HUGE honor! Steele Canyon High School Production Wins BEST MUSICAL at 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards!

Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards. At the May 27, 2018awards show, the Steele Canyon Players competed with two other finalists, Mission Hills High School’s American Idiot and Cathedral Catholic High School’s  42nd Street. The cast performed in a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process to be awarded the Best High School Musical and won $1,000 for their Steele Canyon theatre department.

According to SCHS Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella, this is the first year the school has entered this competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.

The Broadway San Diego Awards Program Manager, Rick Hernandez states, “We had 22 schools with 28 shows in the competition this year. This is the largest participation that we have ever had. The competition was fierce!”.

Additionally, three Steele Canyon Players received best actor nominations for their roles in The Sound of Music: Leanna Neely for her portrayal of the Mother Abbess, Jackson Shaffer for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp and Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur as Maria. Brice Cloke, Claire Doucet, Sean Huitt, Tori Joynson and Sydney Villa represented Steele Canyon Players as selected members of the All Star Chorus that performed at the awards show.

The Steele Canyon Players wish to thank their sponsors The Michael J. Slater Family and Home Depot for helping to make this production possible.

The Broadway San Diego Awards program is now entering its fifth year and the competition is sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union. The Mission of Broadway San Diego Awards is to utilize a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process, to find the very best of high school musical theater talent in San Diego County; and in collaboration with the Jimmy Awards®, also known as the National High School Musical Theater Awards® (NHSMTA), to present these talented young performers with a unique scholarship opportunity to advance their educations and careers in the genre of musical theater.

Submitted By Jennifer Doucet

Steele Canyon High School Production and Drama Students Nominated for 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards

SPRING VALLEY, CA –   Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s annual spring production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music has been nominated for Best Musical Ensemble for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards. Three students from the cast were also selected as nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards.

Leanna Neely has received a nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of the Mother Abbess. Jackson Shaffer has received a nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp. Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur is nominated as Best Actress for her role as Maria.

According to SCHS Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella, this is the first year the school has entered this competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. And, according to Rick Hernandez, Program Manager for Broadway San Diego High School Musical Theatre Awards, “We had 22 schools with 28 shows in the competition this year. This is the largest participation that we have ever had. The level of professionalism in these high school productions and the level of talent among these young performers in San Diego County is phenomenal The competition was fierce!”

Of those 28 shows, Steele Canyon High School’s production of The Sound of Music is one of the final top three nominees. The students in the cast will perform at the May 27th awards show at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego in a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process to determine which school will be chosen Best Musical Ensemble Production and win $1,000 for their school theatre department.

The ten finalists for Best Actor and ten finalist for Best Actress from thirty participating schools will compete. A panel of celebrity judges and industry professionals will select one Best Actor and one Best Actress to represent the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA) also know as the Jimmy Awards® in New York City in June 2018.

About Broadway San Diego Awards –  The Broadway San Diego Awards program is now entering its fifth year and the competition is sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union. The Mission of Broadway San Diego Awards is to utilize a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process, to find the very best of high school musical theater talent in San Diego County; and in collaboration with the Jimmy Awards®, also known as the National High School Musical Theater Awards® (NHSMTA), to present these talented young performers with a unique scholarship opportunity to advance their educations and careers in the genre of musical theater.

About the Steele Canyon Players Drama Booster Club – The purpose of the Steele Canyon Players Drama Booster Club is to support, promote and sustain drama programs for the student community of Steele Canyon High School.

 

Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur

Leanna Neely

Jackson Shaffer