Succeed they did: a scene from the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

An inspired and inspiring performance

There’s something about live theatre and music that stirs the soul and gladdens the heart in ways that must be experienced to be understood. Red Deerians were privileged to partake of just such an experience recently as students from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School ended their run of the Broadway musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to packed and cheering audiences.

There’s something about live theatre and music that stirs the soul and gladdens the heart in ways that must be experienced to be understood.

Red Deerians were privileged to partake of just such an experience recently as students from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School ended their run of the Broadway musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to packed and cheering audiences.

Attempting to recreate a Tony-award winning production that has intrigued audiences with numerous reincarnations over the past 50 years was a tall order for students at our local high school, but these young actors did not disappoint.

In fact, they far surpassed the expectations of this casual theatregoer in a major way — the kids smashed an absolute home run out of the ball park!

Every aspect of this complex production — singing, dancing, choreography, set design, lighting, music and acting — was orchestrated and executed with the glimmering polish of professionalism one typically expects from, well, professional theatre companies.

One of my boys performed in the ensemble cast, so I witnessed first hand the painstaking hours of rehearsal and preparation these students undertook since last September to pull this show together — and clearly, it all paid off in spades.

Hats off to director Tara Koett, music director Jennifer Mann, vocal coach Andrew Snyder and choreographer Alissa Kleinloog, together with their families, for the many months of hard work, long hours, and inevitable stress associated with such a daunting undertaking.

And no mention of this fabulous show would be complete without acknowledging the talented ensemble of student musicians who sat in the dark orchestra pit brightly performing complicated music for nearly three hours while the rest of us laughed and delighted ourselves with the spectacle on stage.

Deserving particular acknowledgement was the fact that the production’s female lead fell ill with a throat infection for Thursday evening’s performance, leaving her understudy to fill in with just a few hours’ notice!

Quel director’s nightmare.

But not for this group of well-prepared thespians. Emily Pasiuk stepped out onto the stage that evening as Rosemary Pilkington, wowing the audience with her confident, stellar performance and forever earning herself a grateful piece of her director’s relieved heart!

Hats off as well to all six understudies in the production, who not only had to memorize their own dialogue, songs and dances, but had also to learn their respective lead roles, “just in case.”

There’s much to be gained from the massive undertaking that is live theatre, and by all visible accounts, much was gained by everyone involved — audience and performers alike.

It’s every parent’s great privilege to watch their own and other children diligently seek to develop their gifts and talents, and to give back in some measure to this world in need.

For life is fleeting, and every child precious.

Like whispers in the breeze are the moments that mark our souls and mould our hearts, and while we can, we ought to celebrate the moments that move us, change us, and help us to love and accept each other without reserve.

Arts and culture (like sport, and like every other worthwhile human endeavour) often gift us with tender, beautiful moments to treasure and remember.

I for one will treasure my memories of the sensational performance these high school students proffered. Bravo Thurber H2S family!

Vesna Higham is a local lawyer, former Red Deer city councillor and a freelance columnist.

Just Posted

Springbrook Skate Park gets financial boost

Province approves $125,000 grant for proposed skate park

ReThink Red Deer gets thumbs up from city on pollinator barn structure

Group is hoping to get a $40,000 building grant

Driver who backed into Red Deer pizzeria sentenced

David Andrew Amstutz sentenced for failing to remain at the crash scene

Team Alberta athletes arrive in Red Deer on Saturday for pre-games orientation

Excitement is building with less than a month to go, says Team Alberta spokesperson

UPDATED: STARS Lottery is back

Lacombe STARS patient tells his story

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

Most Read