Moose Jaw actress Jaidyn Gieni has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Finishing up her third year at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont., for her Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts degree, the college offers students the chance to apply to study abroad for one year.
Only taking eight to 10 students each year, Gieni, 21, decided to apply and she received her conditional acceptance in December to become a student at Atlantic Technological University in Sligo, Ireland.
“So, it'll just be a strict acting program. We'll have different performance showcases. I'm pretty sure we will take a trip to London, England because we're so close. We go and do some different work in theatres abroad, which is really exciting,” Gieni said.
She leaves for Ireland on Sept. 4.
Once she’s done school, Gieni said that she has big ambitions. She said she may stay overseas for a while to perform in the area of England and Europe and comeback to tour across Canada. Her ultimate goal is to make it to Broadway.
Gieni caught the performing bug when she was in high school performing with the Central Collegiate choir. From there, she knew she wanted to get involved in theatre.
“So, after that, I auditioned for various theatre schools all across Ontario, and I got accepted into the Music Theatre performance program at Saint Clair College in Windsor, Ont., so I've just completed my three years there,” she said.
Gieni is a four-time Moose Jaw Arts in Motion scholarship winner and this year she was named the Moose Jaw Arts in Motion Lawrence Wilson Scholarship winner in Drama. She said winning for drama meant a lot to her as she started out with singing and has shown how much she’s improved when it comes to acting and dancing.
This summer she returned home to Moose Jaw and caught on with Sterling Productions. Gieni is currently cast in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show opened on Wednesday at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina and closes Friday night.