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Oh what a night … in Burin

80’s night organizers say support was far out

BURIN, NL – It was ‘80s night and everyone was feeling right as Stage Left Productions Burin staged the second night of their dinner show.

Rosalind Boland of Fortune said after attending “I Love the ‘80s,” she can’t wait to go to more of the group’s productions.

“It is absolutely amazing,” she told the Southern Gazette on the second night of the show March 2 at the Father Joe Barton Social Centre on Greenhill in Burin. “The talent is phenomenal, bar none to anywhere – (it was) awesome.”

Boland said it was her first time taking in a Stage Left show but it won’t be her last.

“This is my first one but I can’t wait for the next one, the ‘Grand Ole Opry.’”

Those who took in the group’s previous show, “Broadway to Burin,” would have noticed some familiar faces on stage this time, such as Jacob Farrell, who took the lead on a cover of Toto’s “Africa” and Emilee Farrell, who did Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Other performers returning to the stage included Riley Farrell and Reagan Strang.

Strang, 12, said she enjoyed performing in the show.

“I think it was really cool, because, you know, I’m not from the ‘80s obviously. I’ve never really heard any of the ‘80s music before that I thought, but it turns out I kind of knew all the songs off by heart.”

Strang said her favourite song of the night was a cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” performed by Emilee Farrell and Scott Collins.

She said of her own performances, her favourite was the cover of Toni Basil’s “Mickey” that she sang along with Madison Perham and Taylor Planke.

The cast also had a number of new performers including Carl Perham, who sang some hits including Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.”

“Absolutely fabulous man, one of the best experiences ever,” said Perham when asked about performing in the show.

“We grew up through the ‘80s, and the music was such a positive influence and it was such a fun time,” he said. “Unlike the ‘90s, where it was negative, the ‘80s was just a fun time, everybody (could) feel good, (listen to) feel-good music, so to be a part of (recreating) that was absolutely fabulous.”

When asked if he would do it again he had one thing to say: “I’d do it every week, man.”

Aaron Avery, one of the people behind the production, said everyone involved in the show is pleased with the support they received both nights.

“The response and comments from the audience through emails, Facebook and texts had been truly overwhelming,” Avery said in a message to the Gazette. “The support from the community for the arts and our shows is truly amazing.”

He added public support shows the need for live entertainment is alive and well on the Burin Peninsula.

“To be able to showcase talent from our own backyard … is a dream come true,” he said. “A simple conversation between (co-founder Leslie Ann Rowsell) and I turned into a great venture and we are both looking forward to keeping this idea going for years to come.”

Through ticket sales on a prize basket, Stage Left raised $1,374 to be donated to fundraising efforts for Amanda Sheppard, a local woman who is battling cancer. Funds are being collected to help send Sheppard and her family on a vacation.

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