Laval puts her up with high school mu­si­cal

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NICHOLASMERCER

Laval High put on quite a show April 16 as it closed out the 2014 run of its an­nual mu­si­cal. Some 60-70 stu­dents, along with a host of teach­ers, aided in the grand pro­duc­tion of “Land of Con­fu­sion,” the 14th such show put on by the Pla­cen­tia-based school. From the mo­ment the cur­tain opened, the mu­si­cal had a big show feel. From the lights to the fog ma­chine, ev­ery­thing seemed big­ger. Headed by teacher Barry Davis, stu­dents put in many months of prepa­ra­tion, and it showed with some mas­ter­ful per­for­mances, both act­ing and mu­si­cally. Stu­dents dis­played their skills on the gui­tar, key­board, drum kit, ac­cor­dian and even a har­mon­ica. The act­ing was sublime as the cast por­trayed many fig­ures through­out his­tory from for­mer United States pres­i­dent Richard Nixon and as­tro­naut Neil Arm­strong to em­bat­tled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The packed house was thor­oughly en­ter­tained from be­gin­ning to end and gave the crew a stand­ing ova­tion at the con­clu­sion. The Com­pass was there and took these pho­tos.

Ja­cob Hickey (left) as Neil Arm­strong, along with David Barry (cen­tre) as for­mer United States pres­i­dent Richard Nixon per form a scene deal­ing with con­spir­acy the­o­ries. In this par­ti­cluar in­stance, Nixon and Arm­strong are tak­ing part in shoot­ing the fa­mous moon land­ing. Emily Man­ning is the cam­era per­son.

Liam Quilty ( left) and Brittany McCarthy back one stir­ring per­for­mance on the gui­tar and man­dolin.

Josh Bat­ten (left) and Zach Ne­whook belt out a tune.

Laval mu­si­cal mas­ter­mind Barry Davis (right) cel­e­brates with some of his stu­dents. Davis was one of a team of writ­ers and di­rec­tors to come up with Land of Con­fu­sion.

Chantel O’Keefe (left), Amy Bar­nett (cen­tre) and Kris­ten Reg­u­lar played the role of three stu­dents work­ing on a group as­sign­ment.

Pre­ston Pear­son (left) and Nathan Hynes por­tray a pair of soldiers dur­ing a scene from Land of Con­fu­sion.

Jack­son Davis im­pressed the au­di­ence with his tight gui­tar play­ing.

Katie Mor­gan (left) and David Barry act dur­ing one of the many scenes in Land of Con­fu­sion.

Heather Pike (left) and Mitch Lewis drew awe for their per­for­mance of Michael Jack­son’s Black and White.

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