On today’s show, Kaslo’s Lynn Van Deursen discusses life raising kids in Meadow Creek in the ’90s, her evolution as an actress, and her upcoming two-woman show (An Unconventional Life, with Noémi Kiss, accompanied by Judy Runions) at the Langham Theatre with Radio Free Kaslo host, Randy Morse. Enjoy!
About An Unconventional Life
An Unconventional Life is the result of three Kootenay artists collaborating during the winter months; daring to dream not only about Spring returning, but also about sharing their creative efforts with an audience.
When local soprano Noémi Kiss decided she wanted to sing all the songs from the movie Yentl starring Barbara Streisand, she asked Kaslo thespian Lynn van Deursen if she could “write something theatrical” to link the songs together and create a performance piece. Noémi then asked Nelson pianist Judy Runions if she’d be willing to transpose the orchestral score and accompany her.
Through the guise of a graduation speech, they tell the tale of an unconventional young woman and her passionate pursuit of an education.
At the Langham Theatre on Friday & Saturday April 20th & 21st @ 7:30 pm, and Sunday April 22nd @ 4 pm. Tickets are $15 available at Sunnyside Naturals (250-353-9667) and Willow Home Boutique (250-353-2257) in Kaslo, and also at the door.
Lynn van Deursen
Lynn has lived in Kaslo for the past 13 years and loves the fact that you can simply rent the theatre, put on a show, and people come out to support your efforts. Lynn trained in theatre at the University of Victoria and was a founding member of Theatre Sports in Vancouver back in the 1980’s. Locally she will be known for her performances in Appearances, Harvest, Becky’s New Car, Front Door Women, Langham Memories and I, Claudia. Lynn is delighted to be sharing the stage with Noémi & Judy and would like to give a big shout out to her husband Paul, without whom, none of her theatrical endeavours would come to light!
Noémi was born in Hungary where she studied voice and teacher training at the Liszt Academy of Music, and later at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England. Her early career flourished in Europe where she performed early music and opera, taught voice masterclasses and made a number of recordings in Hungary, Czeck Republic, Norway and England. Noémi moved to Canada in 2009 where she continues to perform with orchestras and a variety of ensembles. She works closely with the Nelson Choral Society, teaches singing, is a founding member of the vocal trio Ananta (Allison Girvan/Kathleen Neudorf) and is currently the conductor of Cottonwood Singers.
Judy began a lifetime of accompanying musicians and choirs at the age of 12, when she became a church organist and pianist. She has performed throughout B.C. and Washington including numerous performances at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson with such diverse artists as Sherry Ulrich and The Capitol Theatre’s Christmas Pantomines. In the early 1990s she attended Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music Program, where she added jazz, blues and pop to her repertoire. She currently teaches private piano lessons and performs with Playmor Junction Big Band. It has been an honour for her to work with Noémi on the complex and beautiful music of Michel Legrand.