Having come from the Philippines at the age of three, Denisse Samaniego can relate to her character as “Hazel” in this stage show that touches on the struggles and achievements of new immigrants.
“This is very important to me because it’s the first time I get to play a role as Filipino in a story that is close to my heart, ” she gushed.
Denisse is one of the casts of “New Beginnings” , a 90-minute show that revolves around real life experiences of Canada’s immigrants, refugees and newcomers.
“Many people, like my parents, even if they are professionals back home have to start again when they come here. I saw the struggle in their journey,” Denisse narrates in an interview on CKJS Good Morning Philippines.
“New Beginnings” is a collaboration of 20 artists, performers and musicians in one powerful production.
“It is a little bit of everything– dance, music, video and storytelling. A celebration of community coming together”, shares Artistic Director Hope Mcintyrre.
Denisse could not hide her excitement in having to work with a powercast of diversed talents and a creative production team.
“Fun! I learned a mixture of everything. I learned African dance too. This experience also gave me the chance to appreciate different cultures as I embrace my own.”
“New Beginnings” is Denisse’ debut performance with Sarasvàti Productions as well as her first professional job as a performer.
Denisse is currently a third-year Theatre and Education student at University of Winnipeg. She was crowned Miss Teenage Manitoba in 2016.
While “New Beginnings” sends thought-provoking messages about the challenges of resettlement snd displacement, the show is great entertainment for all.
“It is a must-see show that is entertaining, fun and exciting”, Hope shares.
Overall, it is a feel good show that will make the audience sing and dance along and appreciate how great it is to live in a free country like Canada.
“New Beginnings” had its World Premiere at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg) on May 22, 2018.
Catch the show from May 23 to May 27, 2018. Tickets at :$15.00. For inquiry: 204-586-2236.
(Show times: May 22, 24, 27 at 7:00 PM; May 23 at 1:30 PM;at 9:00 PM; May 26 at 4:00 PM)
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