gotta getta story
GGG began as an adhoc group of students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria. GGG’s name is derived from the title of a song from the musical, Gypsy. This would prove to define the style and nature of the work that was to come. Founded by Clayton Baraniuk, Jane Gaudet, and RJ Peters with the help of Brad L’Écuyer and Shane Snow, GGG’s first show was a workshop of Gilbert and Sullivan music for the Butchart Gardens. Over the following eight years Gotta Getta Gimmick became one of the biggest sources of opportunity for emerging theatre artists in Victoria, presenting annual summer and christmas productions on stage and around the property at the Butchart Gardens, incoporating as a non-profit society in 2007.
Founding member Clayton Baraniuk maintained his role of Artistic Producer, bringing a renewed energy to the administration and a mandate from the society to develop a more consistent presence for the company both as a source of opportunity as well as originality. In 2009, GGG created the role of Artistic Director for Brad L’Écuyer. Brad and Clayton are co-administrators, and co- creators in the gimmick, and have been since 2002. In 2012 Sarah Carlé became an Associate Artist of Gotta Getta Gimmick, after performing for almost a decade and assiting with the internal developments of the society and GGG’s artistic work. Each year Gotta Getta Gimmick has and continues to provide hundreds of opportunities to either create, collaborate, develop, experience or practice the craft of musical theatre with artists from across the region and beyond.
While carving out a niche in Victoria, GGG has generated interest and excitement for their brand of music theatre, attracting support, partnership and collaboration with some of Victoria’s most exciting theatre and arts institutions and organizations. GGG’s fresh approach to music theatre has seen a variety of unconventional locations from basements to orchards, sidewalk to staircases, steadily building a community audience and feeding the regions hunger for quality professional productions. Opportunities continue to blossom though Gotta Getta Gimmick’s uncanny ability to provide detailed, innovative productions, adapted to their surroundings and audience.
Thank you to our friends and donors.
The following individuals have contributed generously to Gotta Getta Gimmick over the past year, and we would like to thank them for their continued support of our work. YOU GUYS ROCK!
|The Belfry Theatre||Tara Gilroy-Scott||Robert Milne|
|Clayton Baraniuk||Ivan Habel||Tracey Moore|
|Kevin Barraca||Rebecca Hass||Patricia O’Brien|
|Francesca Bitonti||Janet Hender||Alicia O’Brien|
|Eric Blumenschein||Bonnie Herron||Gregory Owen|
|Avery Brennan||Jim Herron||Peter Pokorny|
|Mary-Lynne Britt||Jessica Hickman||Lisa C. Ravensbergen|
|Tara Britt||Jim Hill||Sheila Reid|
|Jane Broomfield||Kelly Howe||Michael Reid|
|Michelle Buck||Gordie Howe||Elizabeth Reid|
|Nadine Carew||Richard Hurst||Janis Riishede|
|Jaquiline Carlé||Susan Johnston||Mark Riishede|
|Kevin Carlé||Joyce Kline||Kelsey Rogers|
|David Carlé||Brad L’Écuyer||Steph Sartore|
|Sarah Carlé||Griffin Lea||Gerald Schieven|
|The FCA Little Fernwood||Jim Leard||Michael Shamata|
|Doug Crockett||Jacques Lemay||Astrid Sidaway-Wolf|
|Cam Culham||Glynis Leyshon||Naomi Simpson|
|Alex Currie||Amanda Lisman||Dave Skilling|
|Lorraine Dame||Erin Macklem||Gregory Smith|
|Louise Degagné||Helen Maxwell||Kathy St John|
|Jason Dubois||Helen McAlliser||Scott Storm Dorbison|
|Janis Dunning||Graham McDonald||Celine Stubel|
|Jane Francis||Shireen McNeilage||Kirstin Van Ritzen|
|Dale Friesen||Brett McNeilage||Joan Wells|