Angelina Guindon grew up in San José, Costa Rica, but has lived more than half of her life in San Diego, California. She, along with husband and Monteverde native Alberto Guindon, came back to Monteverde to stay permanently in May of this year. The new FCCMT board member says she loves theater and used to love singing, participating in choirs during her high school days. Although she says that the music influence from her family comes from her father who had a music group and played seven instruments, her connection to Far Corners comes from another family member, grandson Jaden.
Jaden, having a tough time in school, was sent to Costa Rica to live with his grandparents and attend the Monteverde Friends School--one of the schools where students auditioned for FCCMT. Her grandson’s first audition landed him a role in Oliver!, the show in 2010. This was the first contact Angelina Guindon had with Far Corners and Executive Director Lisa Burns. From that moment on, her main goal has been to help the parents of cast members become more involved with the shows that happen every year. This is what she hope to accomplish by being part of the Board of Directors: to serve as a link between Far Corners and the Monteverde community, especially the parents of the youth that participate in the musicals and to guide “new parents” on how to be of help for the production of the musicals.
One semester in and already 25 community members, aged 6 and up, make up Far Corners Community Choir in Monteverde. Four of these members travel 30 km up the mountain all the way from Sardinal, through a rocky, sinuous mountain road, to take part in our Sunday afternoon rehearsals every week- talk about commitment and motivation right there! It has been wonderful to see a combination of enthusiastic beginners and some more experienced singers, led by the amazing and very patient vocal performance major Rachel Graber, grow together and merge into a wonderful group of voices that will melt your heart. The choir has learned songs in English, Spanish, German and even American Sign Language. I'm very proud of this group!