Vanier hits the stage with lat­est mu­si­cal re­view

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Get ready for a night fea­tur­ing some of Broad­way’s most mem­o­rable songs. Vanier Col­le­giate will present its an­nual mu­si­cal on Novem­ber 20 and 21 at the Mae Wil­son Theatre. This year’s show is ti­tled “The Mu­si­cal Mu­si­cal II: A Re­view.” It is a col­lec­tion of songs gath­ered from a wide va­ri­ety of pro­duc­tions. You may be fa­mil­iar with this con­cept, as this is the third time that Vanier has pre­sented a mu­si­cal re­view. Pre­vi­ously, the school pre­sented Retro-Spec­to­rium back in 2011 and the Mu­si­cal Mu­si­cal in 2013. The plan is to al­ter­nate these re­views with tra­di­tional pro­duc­tions, such as last year’s per­for­mance of “Oliver.” “This is our third time do­ing this. The first one was called Retro-Spec­to­rium, and that is sort of where the idea came from. We took songs from a bunch of mu­si­cals that we had done be­fore for the first act and then the sec­ond act was songs from mu­si­cals that we would like to do but prob­a­bly never would. They are mu­si­cals we can’t do be­cause there is some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate in there that a Catholic high school can’t do — but they still have some great songs,” said direc­tor/pro­ducer Deb­bie Burgher. “There is no genre that we are high­light­ing like in most mu­si­cal re­views. This is re­ally all over the map.” Burgher and sev­eral others sat down to fig­ure out which songs should be fea­tured. On some oc­ca­sions, the songs helped dic­tate the plot of the show, while other times the plot dic­tated the se­lec­tion of songs. The re­view al­lows them to ex­plore themes pre­sented by the dif­fer­ent songs. Songs will in­clude num­bers from Okala­homa, the Rocky Hor­ror Picture Show, as well as songs from modern mu­si­cals like “For the First Time in For­ever” from Frozen. The pro­duc­tion even in­cludes a song from the New Zealand com­edy folk duo Flight of the Con­chords. “We re­al­ized that it was a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to do so­los. When you do a tra­di­tional mu­si­cal you are stuck with those char­ac­ters. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to sing the songs they like,” said Burgher. “It is a great chance for all these kids to have their lit­tle mo­ment. Some­times in a reg­u­lar play you don’t get that op­por­tu­nity to give every­body a chance to shine.” Ap­prox­i­mately 40 stu­dents will make up the cast and crew of the pro­duc­tion. Val McWil­liams is the mu­si­cal direc­tor; Joan Stum­borg heads up set de­sign. It will be a fun evening for all ages. “Every­body can come out and have fun. The older crowd will en­joy some of the clas­sic num­bers and the younger crowd will rec­og­nize songs from some of the newer mu­si­cals. It will be fun for every­body.” Per­for­mances start at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tick­ets are $12 for adults and $10 for se­niors and stu­dents. Ticket can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing the Vanier Box Of­fice at 306-693-6744. You can also visit www.vanier.htscd.ca to pur­chase tick­ets on­line. Please note rush seat­ing only.

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