Music Students Dive Into the World of Hedwig

Popular Musical Playing at Selkirk College's Tenth Street Campus in February


They are transforming themselves into The Angry Inch, but as they prepare for rehearsal Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students Brennan Buglioni, Amanda Cawley and Leonard Pallerstein seem like a pretty happy group.

On February 12, the local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will open at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. A co-production between Selkirk College and Black Productions, the hit musical will be performed on nine nights in Nelson and then hit the road for two more shows in Cranbrook and Trail.

Hedwig Opens in Nelson

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology students (L-R) Amanda Cawley, Brennan Buglioni and Leonard Pallerstein are currently in rehearsals for the local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The students will play the role of The Angry Inch, the band that backs the main character being playing by Nelson’s 2015 Cultural Ambassador Bessie Wapp.

The story of a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German singer who survived a botched sex change operation stars Nelson’s Bessie Wapp in the lead role. Backing her up will be the trio of Selkirk College students who are an integral part of the show.

“It’s cool to step out of your comfort zone,” says Pallerstein, who plays the guitarist in The Angry Inch. “We came to Selkirk to play music, but this is something more and it’s a pretty interesting experience.”

The three students will be joined on stage by Contemporary Music & Technology Program Instructor Darren Mahe, who is also providing his talents as the show’s musical director with fellow Selkirk College instructor Melody Diachun.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch doesn’t consist of a large cast, Wapp and Nelson’s Sydney Black are the two main stars. The band acts as minor characters and though they contribute few lines, their roles are vital to the production.

Important Learning Experince Will Leave Legacy

Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on February 12 and the cast has been putting in many hours preparing their parts. Black says the Selkirk College students have captured the spirit of the show and added a tremendous element to the production,

“They are incredibly talented musicians and performers,” says Black. “They are jumping in head first and fully tackling their roles. They have an abundance of energy, are consummate professionals and I feel incredibly lucky to get to perform alongside them.”

To create a lasting legacy, Black is splitting all profits from the 11-show run with Selkirk College and will be creating a scholarship for music program students.

Tickets for the show are available through the Capitol Theatre Box Office either online or by phone 250.352.6363.

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