Arts Academy presents Night on Broadway

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The Three Hills Arts Academy fall production of Night on Broadway, was built around the theme of it being a late 50’s early 60’s TV Variety show presented as the (fictional) “Mercury Records Galaxy Showcase” highlighting their “Constellation of Stars”. The lineup of ‘stars’ assumed personas pretending to be recording stars. In reality some of the performers sounded to me as though they could be recording artists today.

The variety of numbers and styles were a delight to take in. Whether it was a number in the style of Frank Sinatra or Doris Day or Ricky Nelson, the talented cast did excellent jobs in their interpretations. They never tried to be impersonators, but the audience appreciated every rendition. Although for the sake of “studio audience” atmosphere, the cue card “Applause” was raised by Cherie Laplante, there were no cards calling for the hoots and whistles readily forthcoming expressing the audience enjoyment.

I am hesitant to pick favourites, so try to imagine the interpretation the following put to the numbers made famous by these names:

Josh Laplante singing “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”(Dean Martin) and “Fly Me to the Moon”(Frank Sinatra); Jono Thiessen rendering “Beyond the Sea” (Bobby Darin) and joining Darta Thiessen for “Love is Strange”(Mickey & Sylvia) and then with saxaphone in “Girl From Ipanema” (Astrud Gilberto with Stan Getz); Kaitlyn Kern did a rendition of “The Lady is a Tramp” (Frank Sinatra). Alyssa Church brought two numbers – “Que Sera Sera” (Doris Day) and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirells).

Max & Paige Harback joined to do “Tonight You belong to me” (Lennon Sisters) –complete with ukulele and melodica accompaniment – and later with Paige singing “Mama Said” (The Shirells) and Max doing two “teen idol” solo pieces of “Tears on My Pillow” (Little Anthony) and “Poetry in Motion” (Bobby Vinton).

Luke Reinhardt did “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” (Paul Anka) followed by Daryl Wilson doing “You Send Me” (Sam Cooke) and then joined with Luke for “Hello Mary Lou” (Ricky Nelson.) Daryl did another number “Come Go With Me” (Del-Vikings.)

Jonquil Thiessen favoured the audience with “Where the Boys Are” (Connie Francis).

Sheila Adkins, Alyssa White and Jill White blended voices to bring a medley of tunes: “Be My Baby” (The Ronettes), “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons), and “Tell Him” (The Exciters.)

The “set” for the stage was very simple. One microphone with a backdrop of the New York skyline. Props included a couple of “TV cameras” manned by Brad Luijkx and Mike Laplante, and at stage right, the “commercial set” from which Brad Harback as Fred Mertz and Tina Harback as Ethel Mertz brought the “live” commercials featuring the local businesses sponsoring the Night on Broadway.

Brad and Tina were also the Directors of the production.

It is unfortunate that the show only ran for three performances and perhaps in days to come plans could be made to go at least one more ‘weekend’. The “Night on Broadway” is presented as an ‘annual fundraiser” and to that end there was also opportunity to enter for draws each night plus a silent auction. Extended dates would mean additional prizes would need to be made available, but I believe word of mouth would bring in the extra donors. The ticket price also included savory hors d’oeuvres and sweets and beverages. No dates were announced for next year, but it can be said without hesitation that you will want to be informed and be waiting in line for the chance to buy your tickets ASAP.