Summer 2019

Junior Conservatory



Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

The Junior Conservatory is a three week musical theatre intensive, with industry professionals, focused on developing their passion and skill as dancers, musicians, and actors. Each actor is paired with a character track to help them to grow individually and as an ensemble member as we create our production through rehearsals, workshops, and masterclasses.

Program Dates
July 2 - 20, 2019 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm 


Program Cost

Please note, admission is guaranteed on a first come first serve basis. Due to the popularity of the program, it is encouraged that parents and students to register early as places are limited.

Step 1 - registration Information

* If you are registering more than one student, please complete the full process once for each student.

Deadline for payment is Friday, May 17.

creative team


Kimberly Markarian

Program Director

Kimberly is an operatically trained lyric soprano, with a crazy belt, that has a passion for music and a gift for communicating style and technique to aspiring artists. Since 2002, she has firmly established herself as a Musical Theatre Director and Vocal Instructor on the North Shore. Kimberly teaches a wide range of styles & repertoire to her students and has received her Certificate of Figure Proficiency from Estill Voice International. Over the last 19 years as a vocal instructor, through her thriving private studio, Kimberly has taught beginners from the young to “young at heart” and has enjoyed challenging them to participate in recitals, festivals, examinations, and competitions. Many have successfully auditioned for local theatre companies, and for University Music programs across Canada, U.S.A., and the United Kingdom in Classical Music and Musical Theatre Programs. In 2014 she was appointed the Kay Meek Arts Centre Youth Conservatory Program Director, through this role she continues to create opportunity for young artists in her community, to raise the level of their technical skill, and ignite their passion in performance!


Jacob Wolstencroft


Vancouver-raised and Toronto-based, Jacob is proud to work across Canada as both a director and performer. He is returning to the Kay Meek Arts Centre for his third summer as the residing director for the Junior Conservatory Program. Recently, Jacob was the Assistant Director for Fiddler on the Roof at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Some of his other directing work includes Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little, Romeo and Juliet, and his original holiday musical adaptation of The Nutcracker Ballet, Meet Me Tonight. As an actor, Jacob traveled with Disney Cruise Lines for a year, performing with the original cast of their production of Frozen: A Musical Spectacular. His other performance experience includes Pirates of Penzance (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Fiddler on the Roof (RCMT), Shrek the Musical (TUTS), Beauty and the Beast (LOT), and Dogfight (Awkward Stage).

His passion for the theatre developed at a young age and he is honoured to work with the Kay Meek Conservatory and to spark passion for the arts within the next generation.



Music Director

Scott has been playing piano for more than 44 years and a professional pianist and instructor for almost 30. He has studied music at Capilano University, University of Victoria and University of British Columbia.

Scott has enjoyed a varied career in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. He has worked with UBC Opera, Vancouver Academy Opera, Burnaby Lyric Opera and Vancouver Opera's Touring Ensemble where he played more than 250 performances of Rossini's The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola. As well as Vancouver Playhouse, Gateway Theatre and Royal City Theatre to name a few. Many seasons have been spent working youth summer camps for Courtenay Youth Music Centre, Capilano U. Theatre Society, Gateway Theatre Academy and Arts Umbrella as well.

Scott also teaches at his studio in North Vancouver and is a piano technician servicing the lower mainland. He is excited to be working another summer with the Kay Meek!




Julia is very excited to be working with Kay Meek this summer. As a working actor in musical theatre, Julia has performed across the Lower Mainland with shows such as Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde in which she played Elle Woods, The Sound of Music where she played the iconic role of Maria, and look for her this summer as Katherine in Theatre Under the Stars' production of Newsies! She is also a certified teacher, specializing in drama and English education for Secondary students, though she has taught musical theatre dance to elementary aged students for several years as well. She looks forward to another great adventure with her students on The Music Man Jr.