THEATRICAL CHOIR is an exciting new choir weaving together theatre, singing and choreography.
* high energy theatre games
* great variety of songs
* act, sing, and move!
* safe & fun place to let your creativity grow
* experienced, sought-after music and theatre instructors
Participants and their guests will enjoy performance opportunities in the community, an open-house in December and year-end show tying the songs together with storytelling flair!
Experienced professional instructors and performers, Ramona Gilmour-Darling (‘Loonette’ from The Big Comfy Couch) and Adrian Marchuk (‘Frankie’ from Jersey Boys) with many years working with youth have come together to create THEATRICAL CHOIR.
Juniors (ages 7-11) 4-5pm
Seniors (ages 12-18) 5-6pm.
Windermere United Church (in Bloor West Village)
Ramona Gilmour-Darling is an actor, singer, director, choreographer and teacher based inToronto. A music education graduate from McGill University in voice (Honours in Music for Children, and Choral Music), she has spent ten seasons at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, and has performed at Young People’s Theatre and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. In 2006, Ramona took over the role of ‘Loonette the Clown’ on T.V.’s Big Comfy Couch. For Y.P.T., she assistant directed Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, and The Secret Garden. She directed Nobody’s Idol (Toronto Fringe), Weightless (New Ideas Festival), and co-directed and choreographed Forever Plaid (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). She also choreographed Little Shop of Horrors and Suds, both at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Ramona has directed over forty children in Aladdin Kids, The Jungle Book, Annie, The Lion King, and A Year With Frog and Toad for Camp ArtHouse, and led a one-week Musical Theatre Intensive for teens in Oakville who performed the musical, Seussical. Ramona runs a lunch-time drama club for elementary students, two Glee Choirs with The Music Project, three children’s choirs with Sistema (grades 1-8), a private chamber choir with youth, has created the Children’s Arts Club at Calvin Deer Park Church, and is a Resident Artist Educator for Y.P.T. Ramona also works as an Artist Educator around the city in various schools, and for Studio 180.
As a child, Ramona sang in many choirs and toured internationally with the Toronto Children’s Chorus. She is currently the Alto Section Lead for the Calvin Deer Park Church choir.
“It is a tremendous privilege having the opportunity to create with children, get to know them and share a positive experience. I like to foster a supportive environment where everyone feels encouraged, respected, and artistically engaged.” - Ramona Gilmour-Darling
Adrian is the Minister For Music at Windermere United Church. A professional singer, actor, educator, and musician with over twenty years of experience, Adrian has a wide range of experience.
As an actor, Adrian spent three years playing Frankie Valli in the Toronto and Las Vegas productions of Jersey Boys, as well as award-winning performances in leading Canadian theatres from coast to coast.
As an educator, Adrian is on staff at Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts, St. Clair College, Sheridan College, and also works as an in-demand private vocal coach.
"Ramona's positivity, imagination and love of music are infectious. She is a talented musician and educator and brings so much joy into the lives of her students."
-Jessica Greenberg, actor, co-founder of Studio 180, artist-educator, parent
"My (very shy) daughter attended Ramona's choir for three years. If was a highlight in her week. Singing with friends and having fun in a structured way while working towards a final show was a wonderful experience. Ramona not only trained her voice and her ear, but she also gave her a lifelong love of musical theatre."
-Mireille Messier, children's book author, parent
"Ramona’s combined experience, skill and love for music make her a highly qualified music instructor. Her love for the arts and music, in particular, is contagious and is what separates her from the average guest music teacher at our school. She plans each class methodically yet creatively, and invests her time and energy into each student, regardless of their musical background or ability. The students love working with Ramona and can never wait for their next session with her!"
“She is a very nice teacher and comes up with amazing activities like Mountain Crafts and games. She chooses good songs for us to sing.”
-Derek, student, aged 9
"Ramona is an invaluable asset as our choir director at The Music Project. She brings a positive and creative energy to all her classes. The dedication and support she shows to her students, her colleagues, and the community has made The Music Project a nurturing and encouraging environment. Students gained valuable experience that boosted their confidence and parents were thrilled!"
-David Chan, Artistic Director, The Music Project
"Ramona has the wonderful ability to bring out the musical best in children - she chooses songs that appeal to them and brings out their performance smiles."
"My child always looked forward to meeting up with her friends to learn and sing with Ramona. Ramona taught them a wide variety of songs across many genres from pop, to musical theatre, to classical pieces. She even incorporated some choreography which added to the fun of performing the songs for the parents at the end of the session! Ramona's upbeat and playful personality appealed to the kids while her professionalism and skills as a teacher were ever present."
"We first met Ramona Gilmour-Darling as a choir music teacher in 2015. We found her positive energy as infectious as her passion for singing. My daughter has followed Ramona through three different programs now and each time she grows in skill and confidence. Ramona is always encouraging when she sees a student's boundaries can be pushed and supportive when a student's fears get in the way. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed working with her and is happy to continue."
"I had the pleasure of teaching with Ramona at the Children's Arts Club. She is a multi-talented lady with incredible teaching skills. She is an inspiration and loved by all, especially the children she teaches."
-Jessie Cox, colleague, Children's Arts Club
"Having worked with Ramona on various projects, I can attest to the fact that she not only gets great results but ensures that kids have fun in the process. I have learned so much from watching her work. Her excellent musicianship and inspiring teaching style make her a great choir director. I cannot recommend Ramona enough!"
-Natalia Gracious, music teacher/accompanist