We are so excited to announce the cast of Crazy For You! For the full line-up, you can check the concert page, but we wanted to sit down with Chase Winnicky and Jade Repeta, the stars of the show.
WSO: Have you ever performed with the WSO before?
Chase Winnicky: I sang in the WSO’s Rising Stars Concerts of both Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Requiem with my high school choir, but this will mark my debut professionally as a soloist with the WSO.
Jade Repeta: This will be my very first time singing with the WSO! My Grandmother, however, has had the pleasure of singing with the WSO many times. I’m so honoured to have an opportunity to experience what my grandmother did, and speaks so fondly of.
WSO: What is your favourite thing about Crazy For You, the production?
CW: It has all of the elements of a classic, feel good musical. A beautiful Gershwin score, huge lavish dance numbers, boat loads of comedy and of course a good old love story. Who could ask for anything more? Sorry – I couldn’t resist.
JR: Well, I LOVE a musical with some tap dancing, and Crazy For You has so much of it. Tap is my favourite kind of dance because it’s a combination of dancing, and playing an instrument. For me, the more tap, the better! It’s one of my favourite ways to express myself.
WSO: Are you from / do you live in Winnipeg?
CW: I was born and raised here in Winnipeg, but moved to Toronto in 2015 to attend the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. For the past 4 years I stayed based and working out there up until this past August, when I decided to move back home to be near my family again. As a performer your work can take you all over the place (as mine has), and so it feels really nice to be based back at home and a part of this community again. There truly is no theatre community like Winnipeg. It’s something special. I’m very proud to be from here.
JR: I was born and raised in North Kildonan! I now live in Stratford, Ontario, with my partner. The most recent production I did in Winnipeg was Billy Elliot at RMTC, which was a few years ago. I’m so excited to be coming home again to work on such an exciting show!
WSO: What’s your favourite song from the musical?
CW: Such a tough question…but I think it’s a toss up between “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (which I have the pleasure of getting to sing). Anytime you’re given the opportunity to sing Gershwin’s music as a singer is such a gift.
JR: I think my favourite song might be “Slap That Bass”. It’s SO COOL… and it always gets stuck in my head when I listen to it. Although an honourable mention goes to the Overture. I really love Overtures. You get to hear themes from every song in the show all tied together in the most beautiful way, and they almost always make me cry.
WSO: What is your favourite musical of all time?
CW: West Side Story! I’m a sucker for a good old love story, and that score will never get old to me. If the WSO ever decides to put on West Side Story in concert, you’ve got your Tony right here *wink wink*.
JR: Hmm. Perhaps Sunday In The Park With George. I think the song ‘Sunday’ could be the most beautiful piece of music theatre ever written. Or maybe I just like songs about weekends…
WSO: What are you most excited about for this production?
CW: I actually played Bobby in high school at Glenlawn Collegiate, so I’m really looking forward to revisiting him professionally, all these years later. It’s such a fun show and a gift of a role to get to play. This entire cast that our incredible creative team has put together is such a great group, and I sincerely cannot wait to bring this piece to life and sing this score with an entire orchestra (!!). This is definitely going to be a highlight of my career, and I couldn’t have asked for a better “home coming” role and show. I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity.
JR: I can’t wait to sing with a full orchestra. I’ve never experienced anything close to that size before. I get to be part of a team of people with all of these extraordinary skills, all working together to create art. It’s an honour to be part of that team for a few nights.