Diverse, the student-driven talent show from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS), is coming back to the Vic Juba Community Theatre for its 10th year, and Alan Griffith, teacher at LCHS and co-ordinator for Diverse has made a promise.
“You are going to be amazed by the talent and the passion of our students for the performance arts here at LCHS,” he said.
The two-hour long show will see a number from the jazz band, some songs from the LCHS choir, three comedy improv sketches and a variety of individual performances by students throughout the school.
“We have a diverse group of students involved, kids interested in sharing their passion in performing arts,” said Griffith. “Often times, there is a cross-section of kids interested in everything from sports to performing arts and they just want that opportunity to sing in front of people or dance and share their passion.”
And that’s exactly what Diverse 10 offers students.
The auditions began for the show at the beginning of the school year and now, with Diverse 10 coming to the Vic Juba theatre this Tuesday, Nov. 4, a group of 60 to 70 students are finally set to hit the stage through this “celebration of the performing arts at LCHS.”
Many of the performers are drawn from clubs or programs that LCHS offers, from the improv club to jazz band and choir, “but there are also kids that just want to come in and want to share their talent, be it piano or dance or guitar or singing,” said Griffith.
“I was actually a student here at LCHS, and I got my start in the performance arts as a student here,” he said. “The first time I ever sung in front of a crowd was for a talent show here at LCHS. So I really see the impor- tance of allowing kids the opportunity to perform and share that passion. It meant a lot to me. I’m just excited to give kids that opportunity, too.”
A silent auction will be held at 6 p.m., before the show begins, with all proceeds going toward Hands at Work, a group that adopts a school in Africa and then supports that school with donations for the year.
This is also the first year that Diverse will be a free performance, with no reservations needed.
“Usually we’ve charged admission, but we really want to encourage the public and our own students to come out to the show,” said Griffith
“This is the third year we’ve done it in the Vic Juba. The theatre is just so much better in every way than doing it our gymnasium, from the perspective of sound, lights. The incredible staff that always work with us at the Vic, they’re always great with the kids. It just brings the show up a whole notch and makes it something really special when you’re doing it in a professional theatre.”
Hyemi Kim, a Grade 12 student at LCHS will be the MC for the evening, but she’ll also be performing a slow version of Believe, by Cher, composed by another LCHS student.
“I just like how you can put so much into a song, you can put so much emotion, and try to make people feel what you feel when you listen to that song, kind of thing,” she said.
Celeste Doucette, another Grade 12 performer will be singing the Adel version of Make You Feel My Life. In the past, both Kim and Doucette were finalists in the Sabre Idol program through E.S. Laird, and performed at The Root: Community Emporium’s Street Fest.
“That’s why this is a real celebration of not just LCHS students, but also students who have gone through the LPSD who’ve showcased their skills in singing, dance and drama throughout,” said Griffith