Infinity Performing Arts Studio opens in Barrie

After a successful test run last year, Alinka Angelova is launching a musical theatre arts program for kids in September.

“It’s unique because we will be offering opportunities that regular musical theatre companies generally do not do,” she said. “Aside from the regular stage productions, all participants will be involved in music videos, festivals, short films, flash mobs, movies, concerts and a popstar program. This will all generally lead to professional paid opportunities in commercials and film as well.”

There is no audition process as instructors will work with the kids in an intense workshop from September to June every Thursday evening. This year centers on a modern-day musical of Cinderella, written by Angelova. It will be filmed throughout the year to become a movie, which will premiere at the Five Points Theatre in June, complete with limo and red carpet to give participants the experience of being a celebrity for a day.

The show, the music theatre workshop program and the studio itself, Infinity Performing Arts Studio, is designed for children and youth aged five to 18.

It follows last year’s hit, an anti-bullying musical, Mute the Musical. Inspired by Angelova’s life, it was a seven-year process to the first version in 2009. Since then, it has been staged in schools throughout Simcoe County and Toronto, the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival and a five-show run at Cookstown last year.

Angelova’s interest in music originated in the church choir. She’s been teaching young kids and creating shows from the age of eight. She was a semi-finalist on season three of Canadian Idol (2005) and, for three years, she ran a music studio in Barrie called Infinity Performing Arts Academy but gave it up due to a difficult pregnancy.

No experience or audition required. Orientation is 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 6 at 101 Ardagh Rd., Barrie. Visit ipastudio.net to register.

Photo: After a successful test run last year, Alinka Angelova, right, and partner Norma Zorzi are officially opening  Infinity Performing Arts Studio in September.

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