The Royal Snow Queen
Miss Bernadine DeMike (83) has inspired and trained hundreds of Musical Theater performers from the Western New York area for over 50 years. This show demonstrates how her delicate and intense style of mentoring, has open doors for countless theatrical entertainers.
Many have gone on to stardom on Broadway, in Vegas, Hollywood and more. I received my first professional Live Sound Design “break” after editing many lesson music tapes for her, by running the sound at her first big Shea’s Buffalo event. As a ballerina in he youth, Bernadine performed on countless stages. While raising her 7 children in Orchard Park, NY, she started the “Royale Dance Theater” and initially from her home, she taught many, many students and mounted a myriad of productions with her most notable being a rendition of the Hans Christian Anderson Tale “The Snow Queen”. It has been performed at the prestigious Shea’s Buffalo and beyond. Alumni students are constantly reaching out to Miss Bernadine and people around her stating how much she has “changed” or “influenced” their lives. Some of her own children have been involved in her productions and one went on to “West Point Academy” and now is a high executive at “Google”! Most recently Miss Bernadine assisted with the costume design and choreography for the initial music video for a unique alternative high school for college aged women in poverty, founded by Catholic Sisters 25 years ago, near the Statue of Liberty.
The Two Hour Documentary concept (less commercials and could be divided and expanded into 13-Ten minute “webisodes”):
PART 2 The “Tribute Event” or would ideally be a History Show, Fashion Show, Tribute and Fund Raiser with a Chamber Ensemble of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra! It would be co-produced by Jim Rebholz of AM Buffalo & maybe one of her students could Co-Emcee the fashion show. To add variety Joy Medina & Brady Cudmore would be the Co-Hosts of the Tribute Show.
Segment A: History
Segment B: The Fashion Show
Segment C: The Tribute
To each side of her would be the co-hosts “Joy Medina” and “Brady Cudmore”, who will introduce all “KEY TALENT” speakers and nurture/moderate the next 60 mins or so. Spread across the stage would be 10 of Miss Bernadine’s most successful students, and they would each take the camera and tell their story about her, what they have done since and now! At the end of the live show, there would be an “open mic” in the audience (and wireless handhelds) and audience members would have a chance to step up and contribute. Bernadine is a prime example of a “MENTOR” to the Next Generation of Stars.
Segment D: The Silent Auction
Local sponsors: Maybe hotels, restaurants and car services could assist. Local & national press would be invited.
In summary, the documentary for broadcast would consist of an edited & posted version of this live show (filmed in Ultra HD & surround sound), and would also contain some of the interviews I already captured of Bernadine’s reflection on her contribution to the arts and her plans for the future!