New West teens part of Showstoppers performance

Two New Westminster performers will be in the spotlight when Showstoppers joins the Marcus Mosely Chorale in concert on April 26.

The concert, You’re the Voice!, is at Highlands United Church (3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver) at 8 p.m.

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New Westminster’s Emma Ciprian and Teilani Rasmussen will be onstage with Showstoppers - a Glee-style group made up of young performers who’ve taken part in the Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! musical theatre camp at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.

The young troupe has performed on a wide range of stages – as guests with legendary rock group Foreigner, for Canada Day at Canada Place, at the PNE, and singing the anthems for Canucks games, among others.

The group will be the special guests for the night, which is the season finale concert for the choir – a 60-plus-voice choir of Metro Vancouver singers that performs primarily gospel music.

Director Marcus Mosely says the theme of this concert is an important one.

“It’s about speaking up and singing out about what matters,” he said in a press release. “The voice is one of our most powerful tools. It is a first freedom … and usually the first thing that despots seek to shut down. The voice, like the eyes, is the window of the soul. The voice can heal. It can inspire. It can warm. It can teach. The voice can comfort a child, or motivate a nation. It is our power.”

Tickets for the concert are $30 regular, $25 for students and seniors, and can be purchased through (search for Marcus Mosely Chorale) or by calling 604-770-1088.

And, incidentally, if there are any other young performers or aspiring performers out there who’d be interested in Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, the camp is taking applications for this summer’s programs now.

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