Super Trouper weekend
BY MARGARET CALDBICK
Staff Two sold-out nights with North America's Number One tribute to ABBA turned out to be one of the best Glengarry dance parties in recent memory with 600 people attending.
On stage at the Centre Lochiel Centre was ABBA Revisited starring Andrea Brunet, who hails from Glen Robertson.
The mighty Brunet clan and its branches, cousins and friends and former Glengarry District High School classmates, saw the concerts as the perfect excuse for a big reunion, and on Saturday night, a core group of deliriously happy Brunets and friends danced like it was 1977.
Said Andrea about her wild weekend: “Very full weekend to say the least, but worth it. Being home in Glen Robertson of course, it was non-stop go, go go. From the moment we arrived, it was almost overwhelming, doing the sound check, getting ready and then seeing that more than half the crowd were my friends that I hadn't seen since high school, 34 years ago! It was surreal!” Nick Pattison, who plays Bjorn Ulvaeus, commented afterwards how kind and welcoming the people in Glengarry were.
“Not to boast, we have played impressive venues internationally and I can say that the stage and lighting and sound these volunteers supplied us with were among the very best,” he said, giving a shout-out to Bobby Lalonde Music that produced the sound.
“We were so impressed by the volunteer committee and Chair Henriette Keusch (Centre Lochiel Centre) and how they decorated and organized. It was among the best organized setups we have seen.”
The former St. Alexander’s Church was transformed for the two nights into a ‘70s disco dance club and, spontaneously, some of the crowd came dressed disco style, in sparkly platform boots, wide belts and lamé shirts.
The ABBA Revisited show is four acts, four musical sets tracing the Swedish Europop group’s fame during the years of the disco craze. Costume changes and changing dance routines faithfully reproduce the real band’s stagecraft and even the women’s accents are perfect, soft and Swedish. The shows were a fundraiser for Centre Lochiel Centre and featured a bar and a snack and dessert booth with home-made desserts including a sumptuous carrot cake made by volunteer Paula Suter.
DANCING QUEENS: The dance floor pulsated with the music of every ABBA hit climaxing with their heroic Dancing Queen. Here sisters Kinnon and Léa-Maude of Lochiel are spun by their father Marc Lajoie who is out of the frame.