Black Holes, Photosynthesis And Electomagnetic Coils – For Dummies

Cast of i Think i Can L-R: Tammy Nera, Matthew Brown, Tosh Sutherland, Kyle Brown, Tangara Jones, Jennifer Stewart

Cast of i Think i Can L-R: Tammy Nera, Matthew Brown, Tosh Sutherland, Kyle Brown, Tangara Jones, Jennifer Stewart

Ever wonder about this confusing science stuff?

I hear ya.

In the award-winning show i Think i Can, the class science teacher Miss McColl (hilariously played by Melody Johnson) energizes her students with her passion for physics and discovery and challenges them to win First Prize at this year’s Science Fair.

But what the heck IS a black hole? What does photosynthesis even mean? And who really cares about electromagnetic energy anyway? A quick Wikipedia summary:

  1. BLACK HOLES: A black hole is a region of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape.“Hyperbolic orbits following an inverse-square gravitational force field…”
  2. PHOTOSYNTHESIS: A process that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds, especially sugars, using the energy from sunlight. The process plants use to grow from sunlight.
  3. ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS: is formed when a conductor (usually an insulated solid copper wire) is wound around a core or form to create an inductor or electromagnet.

“Science, Science, SCIENCE! And today in SCIENCE, we’ll study the laws of motion. Oh, the laws of motion are my favourite notion…” – Miriam McColl

Now get to science class. And if you can’t get to class, go watch i Think i Can and see how we TAP into E=mc2!

– Shawn B
www.Twitter.com/ShawnByfield

I Think I Can Ottawa

I Think I Can Tap Dance Show Ottawa

i Think i Can

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Click Here To Get OTTAWA Show Info And Tickets

Behind The Scenes of I Think I Can – Opening Night

So. If you needed to know, the cast of award winning musical I Think I Can is pretty hot. True story.

If you’ve only seen them in costume on stage, let me assure you: each cast member is a certified Maxim or GQ model. Not only do their tap dance feet burn up floors, but they set every camera in a room on fire!

Here’s photos from opening night celebration at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Peter Hinton, artistic director of the NAC and Allen MacInnis, artistic director of LKTYP were in attendance along with hundreds of energized fans who just watched the show…

…And gave it a Standing Ovation.

Congratulations to The Tap Firm on taking over- and turning heads- in the Nation’s Capital.

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The ladies: Melody Johnson, Tammy Nera, Tangara Jones, Jamie McRoberts & Jennifer Stewart strike a pose

The ladies: Melody Johnson, Tammy Nera, Tangara Jones, Jamie McRoberts & Jennifer Stewart strike a pose

Gentlemen: Kyle Brown, Shawn Byfield, Matthew Brown, David Cox & Tosh Sutherland.

Gentlemen: Kyle Brown, Shawn Byfield, Matthew Brown, David Cox & Tosh Sutherland.

Tangara Jones & Jennifer Stewart work the red carpet.

Tangara Jones & Jennifer Stewart work the red carpet.

NAC Artistic Director Peter Hinton with Co-creator and Choreographer Shawn Byfield

NAC Artistic Director Peter Hinton with Co-creator and Choreographer Shawn Byfield

Co-creator & Choreographer Shawn Byfield strikes a pose with cast member Matthew Brown

Co-creator & Choreographer Shawn Byfield strikes a pose with cast member Matthew Brown

The cast of I Think I Can all smiles at Canada's National Arts Centre.

The cast of I Think I Can all smiles at Canada's National Arts Centre.

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Top 7 Inspirational Science Quotes

Top 7 Inspirational Science Quotes From Miriam McColl

Miriam McColl at I Think I Can. Photo by Shawn Byfield

Miriam McColl at I Think I Can. Photo by Shawn Byfield

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist And Science Teacher By Day Miriam McColl discusses physics at Quantum Leap Public School. Here’s a few quotes for aspiring scientists of the world:

7. The Laws of Motion are my favourite notion!

6. Isn’t it amazing what grows in the dark?

5. To move our mass, we must first overcome inertia, in order to achieve velocity.

4. Gym is a pastime. NOT a subject.

3. Harnessing wind power! That’s noble, that’s important. David Suzuki would shake your hand.

2. We have a magnet! And, an apple… I’m not sure that’s going to work.

1. The principles of science should open your minds… Not close your hearts.

To Hear More Inspirational Quotes About Science and Quantum Physics, Sign Up For Miriam McColl’s Lecture At

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can

TORONTO:
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

April 4th – May 5th, 2011
Get TORONTO Info And Tickets

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Get OTTAWA Info And Tickets

SNEAK PEEK PART 3: The Shoes Of I Think I Can

SNEAK PEEK PART 3: The Shoes Of I Think I Can

Tap Dance Shoes for I Think I Can Show

Tap Dance Shoes for I Think I Can Show

Shoes. OMG, SHOES.

So as you’ve learned, it’s a tap dance show. And we have a LOT of shoes! Each character has a signature step when entering to the stage, and their shoes are no different. Here’s what the cast of I Think I Can are rocking on their feet:

Tap shoe supplies

Tap shoe supplies

So the metal thingys on the top right? Those are metal taps made from aluminum alloy. They come in different sizes based on the shoe size and width. We’ve had to custom grind a few edges down to make them a perfect fit for our cast.

Metal screws attach to the metal plates or black fiberboard, never directly to the leather sole. The screws that come with the taps are a bit too small so our wardrobe team had sourced out screws that were slightly longer.Also, the screw head widths have to fit perfectly in the holes or they scratch the floor. NOT good. We’ve had to grind some down.

Check out the soft-shoe slide show:

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As you can see, different styles of tap shoes are featured. Newton has sport tap runner shoes, since he’s the sport junkie in the production. Frufie, well hers are blue. Because she’s cute. Notice the unusual looking pair of clown shoes and boots? They were custom made from our awesome wardrobe department for additional characters in the show…

Most of the cast tap shoes are built up- which is when you add another sole of leather to the bottom. This gives the shoe a bit more weight, which allows for a heavier sound. It also makes steps like toe stands easier to do. They all have different shoe laces to match their wardrobe.

Everyone has TWO pairs of tap shoes because they’ll be worked pretty hard over the next couple of months in Toronto (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre) and in Ottawa (National Arts Centre).

I Think I Can custom tap dance floor

The stage FLOOR is just as important. It was custom built specifically for this show, tap-dancer ready. It’s a sprung floor with a masonite wood surface. The spring gives the tap dancers a bit of cushion when they land, which helps absorb shock and impact to their ankles, knees and hips. Plus, the sound their taps make resonates better on a sprung floor.

Now you know.

Come check out the good lookin’ feet!

– Shawn B

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can

TORONTO:
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

April 4th – May 5th, 2011
Get TORONTO Info And Tickets

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Get OTTAWA Info And Tickets