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Alumni Celebrate With Song

May 09, 2013

The glorious sounds of music filled the air at Theatre Sheridan’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Celebration on April 15. Graduates representing each of the program’s four decades performed during the event that brought together over 150 alumni, faculty and guests at the Trafalgar Campus. 

“Seeing faculty from my Sheridan days was fantastic. They shaped the careers of so many of today’s actors,” said Susan Dunstan (1995), who sang "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen on behalf of the third decade of graduates. “It was extra special for me to perform as so many people from my year were in attendance. It was an amazing night!" 

Other performers spanning the program’s 40 years of excellence were Sue Ramsey (1981), Mark Cassius (1985), Chris Zonneville (2006) and Tess Benger (2009). 

Alumni also shared their talents at the open mic sessions throughout the evening which was live-streamed allowing graduates from across the country and beyond to tune in to the event. 

Among the many special guests in attendance were the daughter and 13-year-old grandson of Jean Minielly, a vocal teacher for over 25 years at Sheridan, who passed away on April 10. 

Graduates were particularly excited to see faculty – both current and retired – at the celebration, including Ron Cameron-Lewis who has maintained connections with countless alumni over the years. 

“In this program you get to know your students very well, developing strong bonds with them that last a very long time,” said Ron who addressed the alumni and faculty as his “Sheridan family”. 

The nature of entertainment may have changed in 40 years – today’s students learn how to use technology to produce their work and promote themselves – but “Sheridan’s music theatre program continues to attract wonderful and talented students,” added Ron.

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