Is Toronto home to the world’s youngest lighting designer? Local teenager challenged to live-up to reputation of Broadway musical on September 22 – 24

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Toronto September 12, 2017 – Toronto’s Christopher Da Silva is working on his biggest project yet. At just 15, the teenager was commissioned to design and direct the lighting for the acclaimed Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat that will be presented to an audience of more than 9,000 at the Christian Performing Arts Centre (https://www.cpacentre.org/) at the end of the month. Featuring a cast, crew and live orchestra of more than 100, this will be the second time that the CPA Centre will produce the musical.   

 

The prodigy has been assisting the CPA Centre and Church on the Queensway’s Lighting Director for more than a year, mostly working on the church’s spectacular Easter Passion play — seen by more than 15,000 people each year — and their Christmas extravaganza. The teenager was commissioned to create a new lighting plot for the musical and is confident that he has captured and channelled the vision of the Director for his big break. The new set will include LED drapes, lit staircases as well as more lights in general than the previous production for a bolder, more dramatic effect. This will be the biggest multimedia production of the CPA Centre to date.   

 

The talented teen dreams of being a lighting designer and director for stage and major bands. By the look of his resume, he just might as it already counts several productions, special events and Sunday morning services at some of the city’s biggest churches including C3 and Church on the Queensway. “Breaking into the industry is extremely difficult, especially if you’re young”, explains Christopher. “I’m lucky that contractors think I’m older than my age”, he said laughing. “I am thankful for my mentor but most of all for the CPA Centre Director and the Church on the Queensway to believe in me and offer me this unique opportunity. There is no age limit for creativity. If you have the passion and the technical skills, it is not the lack of degree that can stop you!”

 

Da Silva has no plan on stopping anytime soon and is already building his portfolio with gigs lined-up every month until the New Year.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat will be showing on September 22 – 24 at the Toronto CPA Centre.

To schedule an interview please contact brigitte@prdepartment.ca or 416.535.3939

chris

 

Share this:
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest