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Rockin’ out to Rockin’ Eve


Fans of the arts in Labrador West are about to get their socks rocked off with the biggest musical production in years. 

Rockin’ Eve — a musical written by co-writers and producers Krista Norman and Matthew Soper, and directed by Jane Soper — features a cast and crew of approximately 50 locals, including a six-piece band, 15 dancers, 12 ensemble singers, and 10 main roles.  

It’s a massive undertaking for the newly formed Encore Entertainment, but will surely satisfy those hungry for exciting live performances. 

The story is set in New York City with a couple of music hopefuls. Bruce (Matthew) is running away from his father Albert’s (Neil Simmons) repair shop in a small town. Samantha (Kate Ennis) is new to the area with aspirations for Broadway. Sarah (Krista Norman) has been on the music scene for awhile, with all the emotional baggage that comes with it.  

The characters come together in this Mecca, which becomes a home for them while Bruce and Samantha try to get their big breaks and Sarah rekindles a romance.  

All the while, Freddy (Chris Ensing), a New York City homeless person always hanging around, offers comedic relief. 

Jane said the show is going to be fun with a lot of big numbers packed into the two-act musical.  

“If (people) came to only hear the singing or only watch the dancers, or only hear the band, they’d be seeing a good show,” said Jane. “So this all combined is going to be fantastic.” 

Matthew agreed, saying such a production was something he wanted to be involved in for a long time.  

“But I didn’t have the confidence…until I met Krista and Dave Harris, our band leader,” he noted. “We did a St. Patrick’s Day dinner theatre and I got addicted to the live performance. We started chatting about doing another show and had an idea of writing one. It blossomed into something bigger than we had ever anticipated.” 

The team first began writing mid-June, and since then it’s consumed ever spare thought.

“We all dream it every night, we don’t get a lot of sleep. It’s a whole lot of coordination and we’ve got an incredible team. Dave Harris coordinates all the band activity; I work on the vocals; Matt’s more on the technical stage setup; We’ve got Danieka Leclerc working with the dancers; Jane looking after the whole general direction of the show; Jim Dobbin, our logistics manager, who’s a behind the scenes guy but is so vital; Marty Byrne doing our set, and Lester Murphy who built it. We’re really lucky to have such a good, core team.” 

Jane agreed.  

“People are coming out of the woodwork to help out. And what really blows my mind is it’s all local people.” 

Matt said it’s a chance to build the arts back up in Labrador West.  

“I’ve been involved in music since I was young,” he said. “I used to go watch guys play. To me now, there’s nothing really here anymore. People don’t really go see shows anymore. It’s dying off. I don’t think there’s been anything done to this scale in a very, very long time, or maybe not ever.” 

Krista said to have so many people pulling out all the stops, working so hard to deliver a high-quality performance has been an amazing experience, even if it hasn’t been an easy one.

“We’re throwing stuff at them. We told everyone up front, we’re not coming to practice. We’re coming to rehearse what you’ve practiced at home. So there’s high expectations on the performers.” 

Close to 25 youth as young as 14 are involved in the production, from dancers to singers to stagehands.  

Krista said they wanted to open it up to the youth to give them a chance to be a part of a big production.  

“It’s a huge opportunity for them to volunteer for a community project and to get that experience,” she said. “As a youth, I remember being a part of productions like that, and it’s my fondest memories of high school.” 

Ticket holders will surely be nothing short of impressed by the efforts of the performers with their high energy pop and rock numbers blasted out by the live band. 

Rockin’ Eve will be held at the Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City Dec. 3-5.

Tickets are currently on sale for $25 per adult and $20 per senior/student.

 

ty.dunham@tc.tc

Rockin’ Eve — a musical written by co-writers and producers Krista Norman and Matthew Soper, and directed by Jane Soper — features a cast and crew of approximately 50 locals, including a six-piece band, 15 dancers, 12 ensemble singers, and 10 main roles.  

It’s a massive undertaking for the newly formed Encore Entertainment, but will surely satisfy those hungry for exciting live performances. 

The story is set in New York City with a couple of music hopefuls. Bruce (Matthew) is running away from his father Albert’s (Neil Simmons) repair shop in a small town. Samantha (Kate Ennis) is new to the area with aspirations for Broadway. Sarah (Krista Norman) has been on the music scene for awhile, with all the emotional baggage that comes with it.  

The characters come together in this Mecca, which becomes a home for them while Bruce and Samantha try to get their big breaks and Sarah rekindles a romance.  

All the while, Freddy (Chris Ensing), a New York City homeless person always hanging around, offers comedic relief. 

Jane said the show is going to be fun with a lot of big numbers packed into the two-act musical.  

“If (people) came to only hear the singing or only watch the dancers, or only hear the band, they’d be seeing a good show,” said Jane. “So this all combined is going to be fantastic.” 

Matthew agreed, saying such a production was something he wanted to be involved in for a long time.  

“But I didn’t have the confidence…until I met Krista and Dave Harris, our band leader,” he noted. “We did a St. Patrick’s Day dinner theatre and I got addicted to the live performance. We started chatting about doing another show and had an idea of writing one. It blossomed into something bigger than we had ever anticipated.” 

The team first began writing mid-June, and since then it’s consumed ever spare thought.

“We all dream it every night, we don’t get a lot of sleep. It’s a whole lot of coordination and we’ve got an incredible team. Dave Harris coordinates all the band activity; I work on the vocals; Matt’s more on the technical stage setup; We’ve got Danieka Leclerc working with the dancers; Jane looking after the whole general direction of the show; Jim Dobbin, our logistics manager, who’s a behind the scenes guy but is so vital; Marty Byrne doing our set, and Lester Murphy who built it. We’re really lucky to have such a good, core team.” 

Jane agreed.  

“People are coming out of the woodwork to help out. And what really blows my mind is it’s all local people.” 

Matt said it’s a chance to build the arts back up in Labrador West.  

“I’ve been involved in music since I was young,” he said. “I used to go watch guys play. To me now, there’s nothing really here anymore. People don’t really go see shows anymore. It’s dying off. I don’t think there’s been anything done to this scale in a very, very long time, or maybe not ever.” 

Krista said to have so many people pulling out all the stops, working so hard to deliver a high-quality performance has been an amazing experience, even if it hasn’t been an easy one.

“We’re throwing stuff at them. We told everyone up front, we’re not coming to practice. We’re coming to rehearse what you’ve practiced at home. So there’s high expectations on the performers.” 

Close to 25 youth as young as 14 are involved in the production, from dancers to singers to stagehands.  

Krista said they wanted to open it up to the youth to give them a chance to be a part of a big production.  

“It’s a huge opportunity for them to volunteer for a community project and to get that experience,” she said. “As a youth, I remember being a part of productions like that, and it’s my fondest memories of high school.” 

Ticket holders will surely be nothing short of impressed by the efforts of the performers with their high energy pop and rock numbers blasted out by the live band. 

Rockin’ Eve will be held at the Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City Dec. 3-5.

Tickets are currently on sale for $25 per adult and $20 per senior/student.

 

ty.dunham@tc.tc

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