BIG SUCCESS FOR EL­LA’S LOUNGE !

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - CA­RO­LINE PRÉ­VOST ca­ro­line.pre­vost@eap.on.ca With the col­la­bo­ra­tion of Alexia Mar­sillo

Tou­ching, fun­ny and cap­ti­va­ting, the Rus­sell As­so­cia­tion for the Per­for­ming Arts’ (RAPA) first ori­gi­nal pro­duc­tion, en­tit­led El­la’s Lounge, a Rock Ope­ra, has li­ved up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the pu­blic du­ring per­for­mances from April 18 to 21.

There was ta­lent on stage at Rus­sell High School to present this ori­gi­nal piece, co-crea­ted by lo­cal ac­tor and mu­si­cian Dave Ra­ma, and lo­cal ac­tor, di­rec­tor and tea­cher Ke­vin Ken­ne­dy. The play re­vol­ved around a fa­ther and a son who had the chance to re­con­nect by dia­ling a mu­si­cal num­ber to pay tri­bute to their late wife and mo­ther, El­la.

The wri­ters were able to strike a ba­lance with this tou­ching pro­duc­tion, in­cor­po­ra­ting a per­fect dose of hu­mor. The pu­blic will re­mem­ber, among other things, a scene where we find the on-stage band in the middle of yo­ga ...dres­sed in quite a par­ti­cu­lar way; a scene that made all laugh out loud!

But the pu­blic will es­pe­cial­ly re­mem­ber the ex­tra­or­di­na­ry ta­lent of some 20 mu­si­cians, who made up a rock choir, a pit band and an on-stage band, the dance crew led by cho­reo­gra­pher Ju­lia Gut­zig, the five main ac­tors, along with the work done by about two do­zen crew mem­bers.

El­la’s Lounge, a Rock Ope­ra was so suc­cess­ful that the four per­for­mances sche­du­led for April 18 to 21 all sold out. RAPA even ad­ded a per­for­mance for the mor­ning of April 21.

Ken­ne­dy ser­ved as the di­rec­tor, while Ra­ma was the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and San­dra McNeill was the pro­du­cer. At the end of the first pre­sen­ta­tion, Rus­sell Town­ship Coun­cil­lor Cin­dy Sau­cier pre­sen­ted RAPA, on be­half of Rus­sell Town­ship, a Cer­ti­fi­cate of Con­gra­tu­la­tions and re­cog­ni­tion for all the work done for El­la’s Lounge.

—pho­tos John Gar­roch

Tou­chante, drôle et cap­ti­vante, la pre­mière pro­duc­tion ori­gi­nale de la Rus­sell As­so­cia­tion for the Per­for­ming Arts (RAPA), in­ti­tu­lée El­la’s Lounge,aRo­ckO­pe­ra, a été à la hau­teur des at­tentes du pu­blic lors des re­pré­sen­ta­tions du 18 au 21 avril der­niers !

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