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Reaching a goal takes hard work, dedication, and experience.

Joseph Tritt, Ksenia Broda-Milian, and CindyMarie Small had the opportunity to do that work, exhibit that dedication and earn that experience during a three week apprenticeship in mid-May at Rainbow Stage for its production of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story.

This is the first year Rainbow Stage has opened up apprentice positions for the artistic roles of a production. In prior years there was only a position for apprentice stage manager.

"This is kind of an interesting year because it’s Ray Hogg’s inaugural year as the artistic director, and Ray seems to have brought to the job a passion for educating emerging artists and people who are transitioning into different roles," said Osborne Village resident Tritt. "So this is how we came into it." 

Broda-Milian, of Riverview, was the apprentice set designer. She was told twice to apply for the program before she actually did.

"A lighting director I worked with before also sent it to me . . . so I thought ‘if he thinks I can do it, then whatever, if I’m bad at, it’ll be his fault,’" joked Broda-Milian. "I wasn’t really expecting anything to come out of it, but here we are."

Though Tritt and Broda-Milian are scheduled to finish schooling at the University of Manitoba for music and at the University of Winnipeg for design, respectively, Small had already had a full career before reaching the Rainbow Stage for her director apprenticeship.

"I come from the world of ballet, I was a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for 16 seasons, and I’ve done some work as a ballet master, so it’s kind of like being the choreographer’s assistant, and I thought directing wouldn’t be so different," said Small, of Rockwood.

Fortunately, Hogg and KimberleyRampersad, his assistant director, agreed with Small, as they also have a history in dance, said Small.

"They both know that as a dancer there are a lot of transferable skills," said Small.
All three apprentices agree that the experience they gained at Rainbow Stage and the people they learned from will benefit them in their future endeavours.

"I’m hoping to work for Rainbow as a music director somewhere down the road," said Tritt.
Both Small and Broda-Milian say it’ll
happen.

"But I guess Broadway’s the dream," Tritt adds.

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