Galt's Hee Haw Hayride starts Thursday
A huge cast of thirty-five Alexander Galt students have been preparing, since last November, for this weekend’s three performances of the musical comedy Hee Haw
Hayride, written by Tim Kelly who also wrote M.A.S.H. “When the kids auditioned we saw that there was enough talent; we needed a lot of students who could sing. We began auditioning in late October and started practising in November. Because of all the musical numbers and choreography, this play has been a lot more time-consuming,” explained Adriana Lyons, the play’s vocal director and choreographer. “This play has been a huge undertaking; the actors are almost constantly on stage. The students have really been involved and really brought something to the table. They were keen to try anything, especially when we threw a musical at them.” Besides the large cast, there are also four students working the lighting this year.
This year’s director is Drama teacher Olivia-Louise Grenier who is also in charge of the costumes. “Olivia has done a phenomenal job with the costumes. There are a lot of quick changes in the play, actors going from hillbilly outfits to suits.” Bruce Giddings has returned to work on the set with Shop teacher Michael Wilson. Bishop’s Drama student Andrew Fowlis has been volunteering his time as the assistant director.
With all the music, comedy, and double entendres, this is a play the whole family can enjoy. “This is a hillbilly ‘Romeo and Juliet meets book publishers from New York’ kind of story. It’s very entertaining with no coarse language – very child-friendly,” said Ms. Lyons.
Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 8:00 pm each night, in the Galt Auditorium. Tickets can be bought ahead at Tri-Us, in Lennoxville, and can be reserved by phone by calling Jean Boluk at 819 563-9380.