Students perform in the routine “Friend Like Me”. The stage was turned into a swinging jazz lounge because the version of the song used is performed by Ne-Yo and is really old school/swing jazz inspired. (Photo submitted)

Performing Arts Showcase a collaboration of talent

Chemainus Secondary School concert band, musical theatre and dance students wow the crowd

The Chemainus Secondary School Performing Arts Showcase is always a big hit and the 2019 version Dec. 12 was no exception.

The students performed both a daytime and an evening show.

The daytime event brought in Grade 5 and 6 students from Chemainus Elementary to see what high school electives looked like. During the evening show, family and friends were given the opportunity to go on stage to take close-up pictures of the students.

“We named the presentation Just Off Broadway, and we used a selection of pieces from Broadway or inspired by Broadway,” noted Chemainus Secondary dance teacher Kim Magnan.

The performance started with a routine inspired by Stomp and included all of the dance students and the concert band students clapped along on stage as well. The concert band students played Mamma Mia! from the show of the same name, My Shot from Hamilton, which also featured Gwen Connolly on vocals, and Defying Gravity from Wicked was the concert band’s last number.

After the intermission, the Musical Theatre Club sang You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen. The soloists were: Miriam Holmes, Ashley Loeffen, Gwen Connolly, Kendall Smith, Cheyenne Oud and Hailey Parkes.

The dance classes then performed Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia!, Singing in the Rain/Umbrella which was inspired by Singing in the Rain, the Footloose theme song and Friend Like Me from Aladdin. The show ended with Proud Mary from Tina, and was performed by all of the dance, concert band and musical theatre students.

Siobhan Anderson directed the concert band and Musical Theatre Club, and Magnan directed and choreographed the dance classes.

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