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MONTREAL, JANUARY 29,  2013-  Due to its popularity over the last two years, the organizers of Musical Show Off (MSO) have announced that the popular event will return for 2013.  Boys and Girls, aged 11 to 17, can once again compete in this musical theatre competition for the coveted trophy and a cash prize of $1,000. 

A number of English Montreal School Board (EMSB) students have taken part in the past.

Musical Show Off is much more than lessons in musical theatre. Trained by experienced performers, kids aged eight to 17, learn to sing, dance and act, and get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform live at the legendary Rialto Theatre before a capacity crowd. “This is a chance to experience what it is like to be part of a musical production,” says Bronwen Lloyd-Hughes of Productions BronCon.

The senior category, comprised of eight to 17 year olds, will once again be split into four teams and receive a total of 24 hours of coaching before they compete against each other live on stage for the chance to win Musical Show Off 2013.

Judged by an expert panel, each team will perform a choreographed musical number taken from  popular Broadway shows. For the past two years,  dozens of eight to 17 year olds have boosted their confidence, made new friends and gained loads of experience in training with Musical Show Off.

“The 2012 final was a sell-out show and the standard of performances was exceptional,” said Connie Rotella, the other half of Productions BronCon. “What these amazing kids achieved in such a short space of time was incredible. The judges awarded the ‘Musical Orphans’ team and their performance from the musical ‘Oliver Twist,’ the title of Musical Show Off Champions 2012.”

In addition to these four outstanding teams, there was a group of incredible “Rising Stars.”  Juniors, aged eight to 10 years old, performed a rendition of Annie, which opened the night’s performances.

Lloyd-Hughes and  Rotella are seasoned professional performers. Each of them boast thousands of hours on stage, combined with experience in television, theatre, telethons, choreoegraphy, producing and directing.

Besides Lloyd-Hughes and Rotella, this year’s mentors will be Chris Barillaro, Guy Porlier, Sanchia Rooker, Gladys Guillermo, Jonathan Patterson, and Bonnie Jordan. Rehearsals begin May 5th and the show at the Rialto Theatre will be June 23rd 2013. To learn more about Musical Show Off you can visit the website on or call 514 887-9555. All of the training will take place at Danse 123 on Newman Boulevard in LaSalle.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213