Jill Baker – The Music Maker behind The Music Man

VOS Theatre caught up with The Music Man’s Orchestra Director Jill Baker for a chat. Here’s what we learned.

VOS THEATRE: You are such an important part of the VOS family. Actors love looking down in the pit and knowing you’ve got them covered and production teams love the fact that you have fun doing what you do and you pull it all together for us. Tell us about leading an orchestra with a group of local musicians.

Jill Baker: Musicals are like a big family pot-luck and I am so honoured to have the best seat in the house! There is so much talent involved in making this all come together from the directors vision to the seamstress’ last stitch to the tuning of the instruments. After seeing the two groups rehearse separately, the day the cast and pit get together to sing through the show is when the magic really begins for me. Everyone plays an important part, I just signal the musical changes to keep the magic alive for the audience.

VOS: Has music always been an important part of your life?

Jill: Absolutely! My family is filled with talent at the piano in bands and choirs and a huge portion of my family sings Barbershop. I’ve been to many countries because of different bands and have proudly worn 3 different military uniforms.

Jill and the Brown Family

VOS: You’re a talented musician as well as a conductor/orchestra director. What do you play? Where did you learn?

Jill: I’ve pretty much done it all except oboe and bagpipes but only dabbled in a few string instruments. I studied trumpet at the University of Western where I learned so many tricks for all the instruments. Currently I play percussion instruments, primarily the timpani. One of the joys in the arts is that you work with so many people from different experiences and are constantly learning from each other.

Jill Baker with The Concert Band of Cobourg
Jill with The Concert Band of Cobourg

VOS: You do a lot of work in the community with theatre companies and with The Concert Band of Cobourg What is it that fuels you?

Jill: People! Even in long rehearsals so many fun things happen to make us all laugh and I love reminiscing together during social times. I also love being so close with the audience with the VOS shows. It’s fun having a chat with them during intermission.

VOS: The Music Man – tell us about the score or about what drives the music in this show.

Jill: This is such a classic musical in many ways but it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard the song Goodnight Ladies or 76 trombones! The amazing pairing of the melodies creates fun harmonies in Lisa Rose/ Will I everTell you and Goodnight my Someone/76 Trombones. If you don’t leave the show with a bunch of tunes in your head then … Ya got Trouble!

Melissa Baker
Melissa Baker

VOS: Your girl is in this production with the VOS! She’s such a lovely addition to the team. Fun right?

Jill: Oh my gosh yes! It’s a bit of surprise but it’s amazing to see her excitement hard work and dedication to catching up with all the choreo. I can’t wait to see her in those cute costumes!


See Jill and her orchestra at the VOS Theatre Production of The Music Man runs from April 25th to May 4th at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

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Friends together again in VOS THEATRE’s The Music Man.

“It’s indecent to meet boys at the footbridge.”

– Zaneeta Shinn, The Music Man.

The footbridge might be scandalous but the rehearsal hall is just fine for Gemma Varty (Zeneeta Shinn) and Ewan Mireault (Tommy Djilas) in VOS THEATRE’s production of The Music Man.

The show opens in April at Victoria Hall in Cobourg but rehearsals are well underway and these two friends are enjoying the opportunity to sing and dance together once again.

Ewan & Gemma
Ewan & Gemma

This pair have grown up with the VOS.

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Ewan Mireault through the years.

From Camelot and Spamalot to Shrek, Chitty and Anne

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Gemma Varty – through the years in theatre

From wee young thing in her first show (far right Oklahoma!) to showgirl (far left Guys and Dolls).

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Don’t Miss These Two Stellar performers and friends in The Music Man

The VOS Theatre Production of The Music Man runs from April 25th to May 4th at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

Get Tickets Now or call the box office:  1-855-372-2210

Cast Members from Christmas at Dalewood Weigh in on Christmas Memories

VOS THEATRE asked some of the cast members to recall their favourite Christmases.

Michele MacAdam & her daughters

Favourite Christmas Gift

  • Michele MacAdam: Golden Retriever Puppy (red bow included)
  • Solveig Barber: A beautiful doll from my father
  • Joel Varty: GT Snow Racer – ZOOM!
Joel Varty & family on Christmas Morning with Santa head waffles

Favourite Christmas Tradition

  • Aidhana Howells: Wearing pajamas all Christmas day.
  • Joel Varty: Making Christmas morning pancakes decorated like Santa heads.
  • Fiona Milner: Getting Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.
  • Robb Howells: Opening the Advent calendar every year.
Fiona Milner appeared in 2017 Christmas at Dalewood

Favourite Christmas Music Memories

  • Fiona Milner: Getting my guitar for Christmas and playing the first cord.
  • Solveig Barber: Singing Norwegian Christmas songs while walking around the Christmas tree in Norway.
  • Robb Howells: Open gifts Christmas morning to The Nutcracker.
  • Michele MacAdam: Singing Carols with my parents and sisters (in harmony) in our family room on Christmas Eve.
  • Joel Varty: Coming home after a long day and watching White Christmas with my Mom.

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Christmas at Dalewood: December 1st and 2nd

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Enjoy a sumptuous buffet created by Dalewood’s Culinary staff, with exquisite desserts that you can enjoy throughout the evening.

Cocktails and dinner are followed by a Christmas show featuring favourites “We Need a Little Christmas” from Mame, “White Christmas” from Holiday Inn, “Christmas Time” from A Charlie Brown Christmas and more.

Imagine the twinkling lights from Dalewood’s holiday décor setting the mood for a beautiful night of festive food and treats. Sip a cider after your meal as the lights go down for an evening of your favourite Christmas tunes; from the movies, the musicals; old chestnuts and new hits sung by your favourite local performers.

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Music Man Cast Announcement

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The Production Team for The Music Man wishes to thank the nearly 60 enthusiastic and talented performers who auditioned over the past 2 weeks.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an exceptional group of people.” – Artistic Director, Marlena Sculthorpe

The VOS THEATRE Production of The Music Man
opens April 25, 2019 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

Call the Box Office at 905-372-2210 or Book Online Here

SEE THE CAST LIST