Laura has been directing children's theatre for the past 22 years.  She was bit by the acting bug when apprenticing at the Charlotte Reperatory Theatre in North Carolina and upon returning to Canada, began her career as a performer.  Laura has appeared in films, on television and in numerous theatre productions.  She has studied in both Canada and the United States and has performed in such roles as "Shelby" in Steel Magnolias, "May" in The Affections of May and "Lynne" in Stepping Out.  Her on-screen credits include playing in Asimov's Probe with the ABC Television Network where she had the great fortune to work with Parker Stevenson.  


Laura teaches private acting classes and brings her exceptional skills to Broadway North where she continues to share her knowledge with the talented youth in our region!

Broadway North

SHOSHANA FRIEDMAN

FOUNDER/MUSICAL DIRECTOR

BROADWAY NORTH YOUTH THEATRE
  1111 GORHAM ST. UNIT #4 NEWMARKET, ON. L3Y-8X8
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Shoshana is a classically trained soprano who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to these programs, having helmed such youth productions as Guys and Dolls, Dear Ediwna Jr., Hairspray, Grease, High School Musical, Aladdin, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Camp Rock, Annie Jr.,Seussical, Bugsy Malone Jr, and the Wizard of Oz.  She is also the musical director. co-produer and lead soprano in the stage show, Opera Luminata, which combines opera, musical theatre and contemporary favourites with pyrotechnics and other spectacular stage effects. 


As a performer, Shoshana has appeared in film, opera and operetta and has concertized extensively.  She has performed roles ranging from Nedda in I Pagliacci and Violetta in La Traviata to Marion in The Music Man.  She is most proud of having created the role of Anne Frank in the Canadian Premiere of Grigori Frid's one-woman opera, The Diary of Anne Frank.  She received such critical acclaim for this performance that she was invited to reprise the role in the Czech Republic.  Shoshana holds an ARCT Piano Performer's Diploma from the RCM in Toronto as well as a BA in English from York University.  She has studied voice in Canada, New York and Italy and can sing in several foreign languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russina and Czech.  Her CD, "Kiss Me Again", is a sultry compilation of romantic foreign love songs of the 40's and 50's.


In addition to her busy schedule at Broadway North, Shoshana runs a successful private music studio teaching singing and piano


BROADWAY NORTH 
is an exciting youth-oriented musical theatre company based out of Newmarket/Aurora.  Created and operated by musical director and soprano Shoshana Friedman, and artistic director and actress, Laura Halley, BROADWAY NORTH endeavours to instill, nurture and cultivate in our youth a love of musical theatre.  Our programs teach the singing, dancing and acting skills that are intrinsic in each individual musical presentation and culminate in  theatrical performances of a full-scale, fully-staged musical production, complete with props, costumes and sets.

Our programs are geared towards participants 5-19 years old and all content and themes are youth friendly and age appropriate.   We believe that programs need to be fun as well as educational and we strive to make sure that everyone, no matter their role, is kept busy learning and is constantly involved. Because we keep our enrollment numbers reasonable and low, every participant has an enormous amount of material to prepare and learn. There truly ARE no small roles in our productions.

At BROADWAY NORTH, we believe that it is important to develop a well-rounded and educated musical theatre performer.  We have structured our programs to teach NOT just the play, but also the elements that go into creating more multi-dimensional and credible characters.  We will introduce the basics of singing technique, proper diction, expression and characterization so that your child can excel beyond their expectations. 
 
BROADWAY NORTH fosters greater self-assurance and confidence and helps participants to grow both personally and artistically.  Come and join us on this exciting new adventure to the Great White Way of
BROADWAY NORTH.

LAURA HALLEY

FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR