Cabaret is a tribute to Prince George

Margaret Rose is Away From Home and will bring her cabaret to Prince George as a tribute to her home town at ArtSpace on Jan. 4.

Rose grew up in Prince George and studied musical theatre at Excalibur Theatre Arts and after a short stint as a contemporary dancer in Vancouver in 2012, she moved to Toronto a year later to pursue her true calling as a musical theatre performer.

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She graduated from Toronto's Randolph College for Performing Arts in 2015 and then became a professional entertainer, showcasing her singing, dancing and acting chops, working in southern Ontario.

When she made the decision to come home for the holidays after a three-year absence Rose said she started to really think about her home town and that inspired the theme for the cabaret she's been thinking about doing for a while now.

"I've been living in Toronto for so long now and I thought it's very interesting how I haven't lived in Prince George for seven or eight years now and it's still so much my home," Rose said. "Part of that is because my parents are still there and I have friends there but it's also because of the community and the place itself."

That's when she started writing, she said, about home and the concept of home and about what that means, especially to a performer who might lead a more transient lifestyle in an effort to get educated and pursue a career.

"So I started writing this thing and I thought I'd really, really like to do this for the Prince George audience as a sort of a thank you for making my home such a beautiful place that I'm still so excited to go back to," Rose said.

The show Away From Home will be an evening of song and storytelling, Rose said.

Accompanying Rose will be Jim Sayle and Peter Stevenson.

"The three of us together are going to be exploring different elements of home," Rose said. "It's going to be a very informal evening and it's a tribute to Prince George."

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