Su­per Trouper week­end

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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.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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.

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