Shelley has been creating and performing musical theatre for over 20 years for various theatre companies throughout the community. She has been involved in over 30 musicals within the community of Chilliwack, taking on positions such as choreographer, dance instructor, director, production manager, dramaturg and performer for organizations such as the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, the University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack Players Guild, Newbury Arts Concept, Chilliwack Musical Theatre, GW Graham Theatre, and Secondary Characters. Some of her favourite credits and experiences include, Once on this Island, Seussical, The Addams Family (CSOPA), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (UFV), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Into the Woods and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Secondary Characters). Shelley has received her Bachelor of Science Degree, Theatre Arts Diploma, Bachelor of Education Degree and Teaching Certification through the University of the Fraser Valley. She has choreographed and taught dance at the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts for 11 years, is currently teaching art and drama at Chilliwack Secondary School, has been co-Executive Artistic Director for Secondary Characters since co-founding the organization in 2009 and is now taking on that same position in a solo capacity.
Nicola Davies Co-Founder
Collaborative Pianist Nicola Davies is equally at home playing opera, musical theatre, art song, and chamber music. Her theatre work encompasses well over thirty productions as music director and pianist, including Carmen with Opera Kelowna and two summers at Opera NUOVA as repetiteur for Dead Man Walkingand Assistant Conductor for La Bohème. She is a music director for the University of Manitoba Musical Theatre Ensemble, and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People junior production. Nicola is also the pianist with cello piano duo Nate & Nina, which regularly plays house concerts throughout Western Canada. Nicola has instigated various projects over the years, including Pieces of Eight Vocal Octet and Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, for which she was Co-Artistic Director for nine years. She is now the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Living Room Live, founded in 2018 to create opportunities for classical musicians and audiences. In 2017 Nicola attended the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, Austria, where she studied with such teachers as Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, and Elly Ameling. Her formal education includes a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the University of Manitoba, studying with Dr. Laura Loewen and Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert, a Diploma in Voice Performance, a Certificate in Conducting, and a Bachelor of Science.
A self-confessed student for life, Steffi holds a Diploma in Theatre Performance from Douglas College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Theatre Performance from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Education with a Minor in Environmental Education also from SFU. When not moonlighting as a children’s theatre director, Steffi spends her days teaching grade 4/5 for Squiala First Nation. A prolific educator, Steffi has spent many years teaching theatre to youth in Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley, and as far away as Nunavut. Steffi has performed all over the Fraser Valley with Secondary Characters, Chilliwack Musical Theatre, the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Troika Collective, and 591 Productions. Some of her favourite onstage performance credits include Jo (Little Women, Secondary Characters Musical Theatre), Maria (West Side Story, Chilliwack Musical Theatre), and Alice (the Alice, SFU School for Contemporary Arts). Performing everything from classics to contemporaries and from opera to absurdism, Steffi loves creating newly imagined works of art. In what little spare time she has left, Steffi also loves working backstage in theatre having stage managed, dramaturged, artistic directed, directed, musical directed, and designed many shows in both Chilliwack and Vancouver. Recently, she has directed for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre including the Wizard of Oz and the Last Five Years which had a successful remount at both the RickRack in the ‘Wack Festival and the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Steffi is resident production manager for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre and most recently set/props/costume designed and assistant directed their July 2018 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Secondary Characters Musical Theatre Society is a registered not-for-profit musical theatre company, based in Chilliwack, British Columbia. We present a full scale musical each summer, which combines the talent of performers from across the Fraser Valley, from Hope to Vancouver. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.