About Gotta Getta Gimmick

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GGG  was founded in 2002 by a group of students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria: Clayton Baraniuk, Jane Gaudet, and RJ Peters.  With the help of Brad L’Écuyer and Shane Snow, GGG’s first show – a workshop of a Gilbert and Sullivan farce, was picked up by Victoria’s landmark Butchart Gardens.  Over the following eight years Gotta Getta Gimmick became one of the busiest theatre companies in Victoria, presenting annual summer and christmas productions on stage and around the property at the Butchart Gardens, alongside a continued development of a variety of musical theatre projects.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.

The Gotta Getta Gimmick Arts Society was incorporated in 2007, lead by Clayton Baraniuk with the support of Brad L’Écuyer and Sarah Carlé. From 2016 Brad L’Écuyer took over leadership of the organization, supported by Mark Riishede and Sarah Carlé. The society became inactive briefly after 2018 – but has returned to life in 2020 with renewed leadership and Board of Directors.

GGG has workshopped and presented more than 22 chorus|line|cabarets, produced the chamber musical Falsettos, workshopped Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and created more than a dozen original creations ranging from a massive fringe festival flashmob to an intimate Tea with a Queen, tragic musical ghost stories to non-stop song and dance revues. The company has collaborated with The Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Firehall Arts Centre, Mary Winspear, Hermann’s Night Club, Langham Court, Dance Victoria, and the Victoria School of Art, among others.

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 supporters.

The following individuals have contributed to Gotta Getta Gimmick over the past year, and we would like to thank them.

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
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