I’ll Be Home For Christmas – a cabaret show featuring Andrew Morrisey and Brenna Conrad (accompanied by pianist Rachel O’Brien) and Diva Station – rolls into The Carleton on Friday, December 13th. Show time is 10:30 PM and admission is $10 at the door.
Diva Station! Prepare to be wowed by three powerhouse performers and their striking three-part harmonies that will take you to angelic heights and soulful depths. This trio will own the stage with stunning performances of favourites from pop to opera to musical theatre.
Brenna Conrad is a professionally-trained Soprano with over 15 years of experience in Vocal Performance, Music Education and Music Ministry. A standout talent from a young age, Conrad honed her craft at University of Toronto’s prestigious vocal performance program. She has been the female soloist for the Nova Scotia Tattoo for over 16 years. She has performed in several Tattoo’s overseas, including multiple appearances in the Hamburg, Germany, and Malmo, Sweden Tattoos. She continued to perform both in Canada and Europe before embarking on a career as a choral conductor and music educator. Prior to moving back to Nova Scotia, she served as Choral Conductor and Youth Music Director at Islington United Church in Toronto while also teaching privately. Brenna is thrilled to be back in Nova Scotia and is currently the conductor for Cantabile Impact!, a mixed voice youth choir with a focus on bringing awareness to social justice issues, through music. She is also the Music Director at First Baptist Church, Truro and runs a thriving private vocal studio.
Andrew Morrisey is an actor and singer originally from Truro. Andrew is an honours graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre- Performance program, Circle in the Square Theatre School’s acting program, the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University and the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory/Berklee College. He has been featured in a new Off-Broadway musical, performed in musicals at Festival Antigonish and Theatre Aquarius and last summer starred in a sold out Canadian Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. BroadwayWorld said this of his performance, “Morrisey brings a rare electricity that is powered by vulnerability and glitter. Hedwig is a difficult role but he was able to flawlessly balance the character’s seductive moves and humour with heart on sleeve emotions. Some actors are born to play a role – Morrisey was meant for Hedwig. Move over, Neil!“. He has worked extensively as a cabaret artist having played venues in Nova Scotia, Toronto and New York. A recent solo cabaret was directed by Tony Award winner, Faith Prince.
Raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Rachel O’Brien is a Maritime-based music director, pianist, and educator. Selected music directing credits include: over 100 performances of Anne & Gilbert (The Guild, Charlottetown), Les Misérables: School Edition (Neptune Theatre School), Seussical: The Musical (Halifax Regional Arts), and Disney’s Mary Poppins (Theatre New Brunswick). Recently, she has been fortunate to teach musical theatre to children of all ages for Stage Coach (Halifax/Bedford), Neptune Theatre School, Theatre Nova Scotia’s Perform program, and at the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Rachel graduated proudly from Mount Allison University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Music, specializing in Piano and Women’s & Gender Studies, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant, Choir Director, and Collaborative Pianist. Next, Rachel will make her Neptune Theatre debut playing for Jeremy Webb’s new holiday pantomime, Peter Pan. And, in 2020 Rachel will be the Music Director Intern at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.