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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|