Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bethany Kovarik: Dancer

Episode 20- June 23, 2014

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Bethany Kovarik, Dancer, Dance Canada tour, crazy for you, ensemble swing Bethany Kovarik began dancing at the age of three. At the age of twelve she was travelling to New York City, and later Los Angeles, on dance scholarships.

Currently, Bethany is the ensemble swing in the Stratford Festival production of “Crazy For You.” As a swing, Bethany fills in anytime an ensemble member can’t perform. We discuss what it feels like to be prepared to perform every night, but rarely getting the chance.

Bethany also opens up about her teenage years and the rigorous world of dance competitions.

In 2010 Bethany graduated from Sheridan College’s three-year, music performance program.

Since then she’s been dancing on stages across Canada, including including Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, London’s Grand Theatre, Calgary’s Stage West and several Drayton Entertainment productions.

Bethany Kovarik is a coordinator of the Dance Canada competition and pageant. She is also passionate about inspiring and educating others, especially young dancers, to live their highest and best self.

Links From the Podcast
Sheridan College Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance

Reviews of Stratford’s “Crazy For You.

Stratford’s “Crazy For You” on YouTube

Jim Mezon: Actor, Director

Episode 19- June 9, 2014

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Jim mezon, interview, podcast, shaw festival
Jim Mezon is in his 30th season at the Shaw Festival, one of North America’s most celebrated theatre festivals.

We discuss his journey from a job as a theatre janitor in Winnipeg to becoming a star at the Shaw Festival, where he’s currently celebrating his 30th season.

Artists, generally speaking, don’t follow the timelines of societal norms around big life decisions like getting married, buying a home & starting a family. In this episode I talk with Jim about how I waited until my 40′s to get married and start a family. Jim mentions he started a family later in life too and speaks candidly about the impact of having a child in his 50′s.

We also talk about the next generation of actors & how they are different than previous generations.

Show Notes
The Shaw Festival
My website Shaw Festival Reviews
Don Ziraldo