By Rob Edney
The 2019 Stratford Festival Season will see the emergence of two, young, local performers from St. Marys.
Alex Matheson (10) and Quin Bolton (11) both set their sights on landing roles at Stratford’s renowned Festival. World’s Coolest Music Store vocal coach Summer Weiler, a veteran of the stage and the audition process, began the task of preparing the eager thespians in late November after resumes had been sent.
Alex just finished landing the lead for AJ Baker’s production of Annie, and had begun work on the songs with her vocal coach, in addition to rehearsals at school when Weiler directed her attention to the casting call.
Matheson’s first audition took place December 12th and she chose to sing Pink’s ‘A Million Dreams.’ The following day she was contacted for a call back on December 17th with 29 other hopefuls. The call back lasted 3 hours. On the 20th of December Alex was offered a part in the production of ‘The Merry Wives Of Windsor.’
“I was having so much fun getting ready for auditions, that I was just happy to be auditioning. When I got the call back to be a part of the Festival I couldn’t wait to tell Summer,” an exuberant Matheson explains.
In the fall of 2017 Alex was chosen from amongst the 7 World’s Coolest Music Store vocalists invited to join Joe “Super Joe” Brett, to voice the child lead for his animated short ‘Christmas Trees.’ “Alex approached the session with confidence and a willingness to learn that will serve her well in the industry. There is a lot of potential in that young lady,” says Joe, whose credentials not only include a lengthy career as an international performer, but as a booking agent at The Booking House International. He also represents Edney and Weiler in Joy Brigade.
Quin has had an exciting year as well, performing at Lucan’s Kraft Hockeyville and Evan’s Touch The Truck in September with his band ‘The Stonecutters,’ and participating in The World’s Coolest Music Store Beatles Tribute in November.
Bolton has had his eye on the prize since his first amateur production with Playmakers Theatre School in Stratford. Now in his third year with the group he has appeared in their productions of ‘The Tempest,’ and ‘Theseus and Minotaur.’
Quin auditioned singing One Republic’s ‘Counting Stars’, in both a low register and a higher register to demonstrate his versatitlity.
“I always dreamed of being in The Stratford Festival, but I never thought it would happen so soon,’ beams Bolton with an unabashed enthusiasm.
Weiler adds “I am so very proud of both of them. Auditions can be nerve racking, but they went in with great confidence, their beautiful voices and the love of performing. Its a fantastic achievemnet and an experience they will always remember.”
World’s Coolest Music Store owner Rob Edney notes, “It really is team work. The parents show so much patience and support, we try to inspire and teach and the students approach the stage knowing they have all of us behind them. They take it to the next level.”