We are Ignite Theatre, the theatre program of Heritage Christian Online School and the continuation of HCOS Lighthouse Theatre which was the first of its kind among DL schools. Located in the Fraser Valley, we are an enthusiastic group of distributed-learning students, ranging from Grades 5 to 12, who love to sing, act and dance. Our goal is to develop our students’ God-given gifts to achieve excellence in the performing arts, to His glory. Ignite Theatre is committed to a high standard of excellence, from the acting, singing and choreography to the costumes and impressive set design. It is always amazing to witness the transformation which occurs among our students, as they work hard to find their voice and discover a new confidence to communicate on stage. We are so proud of each one of them! It has been an honour to serve as a Support Teacher with HCOS since 2006 and as the Executive Producer of Ignite Theatre since it’s humble beginnings. Disney’s Newsies is our gift to you...come join us this May as we carry the banner and “Seize the Day” on stage.
Ignite Theatre expanded our commitment to the arts by promoting the development of up-and- coming artistic professionals, pursuing careers in directing, acting, voice and choreography from the Fraser Valley & Greater Vancouver Region. Welcoming our new talented instructors with outstanding credentials, let us introduce you to...
Mikayla Wust is a director and all around theatre artist who loves working with others to make stories come to life. She is a graduate of Trinity Western's Bachelor in Acting Degree and has been doing theatre since grade eight. When she went into her second year of university she heard a clear message that theatre was where He wanted her and she has continued to see His presence and be encouraged and inspired in her work in the theatre. A number of shows she has done include, her directing debut Hugo's Haunting with Trinity, Beau Jest with Gallery 7, and We Are the Body with Pacific Theatre. She is so excited to work with the students at Ignite Theatre, and the adventure that holds in store.
Maria Bamford is a versatile singer and a dedicated teacher. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Opera Performance (UBC) and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance (University of Ottawa). She has performed on stages across Canada, such as with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Opera NUOVA (Edmonton), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa). Maria loves the storytelling and drama of opera as well as musical theatre. Most recently, Maria performed with Disney Cruise Line in the Caribbean.
Kendra Craig received her early training in ballet at Morning Star Dance Academy and continued with all other dance forms at the Dance Barn and the pre-professional Mirror Arts Program, which she graduated in 2016 after co-creating a show entitled Caught Up in the Keeping. Since then she has been a teacher and studio administrator for the Dance Barn teaching ballet, tap, and jazz. Kendra is known for being a kind and patient instructor who challenges her students in their technique and performance skills. She believes that dance is for everyone and enjoys watching her students rise to meet challenges. Kendra fell in love with musicals in her high school years after performing in The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie, and in 2017, she had the opportunity to choreograph MEI’s Sister Act. This opportunity ignited a whole new level of passion for musical theatre and she is extremely excited to be working with Ignite Theatre on Disney’s Newsies this year! Kendra and her husband, Cameron, love to watch movies, eat food, and take ballroom classes together.
Kailey joins our Ignite Theatre Directing Team as our essential Stage Manager, working alongside our Director organizing and coordinating communication for all aspects of the production to ensure a smooth execution right down to the last detail. Kailey is one of our Ignite Theatre Alumni, who played our Blue Fairy in Disney's My Son Pinocchio JR, Mayzie in Seussical JR, and Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Upon graduation, Kailey began serving on our Ignite Theatre team to bless other upcoming students with her passion for all things musical theatre.
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