Galt's Hee Haw Hayride starts Thurs­day

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

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.

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