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By Geoff Lee

December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

GET THE PICTURE? YES WE SEE Jordyn Pollard, left, gets her mike adjusted by Megan Hawryluk at the Baron's Court Theatre at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School during a rehearsal for the musical Leader of the Pack, to be performed Dec. 2-7. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

The Young Thespians from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School are at it again.
A total group of about 70 LCHS students, including singers, band members and stage hands are nearly ready for their first performance of a new musical called, Leader of the Pack.
A string of shows will kick off Dec. 2 at 7 p.m, at the LCHS Baron’s Court Theatre and run until the finale on Dec. 7, also at 7 p.m.
Leader of the Pack is based on a hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrating the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s’ charts.
The Source caught up with some of the players along with drama instructor, Simon Stang, during one of their final rehearsals on Nov. 24.
“I think it’s a lot of fun just with all the different sound tracks,” said Grade 11 student Hunter Hnidey, who will play the drums in a pit band.
“‘It’s 50s’ 60s’ and 70s’ doo-wop kind of music, so there’s a lot of swing —a lot of upbeat music.”
Hnidey said learning this new style has been lots of fun.
“It took about a week to learn and once you got it down, it was good after that,” he said.
Megan Hawryluk, a Gr. 12 student who will play the part of 60s’ pop icon, Darlene Love, is counting down the hours to the first show.
Participating in the musical was a no-brainer for her.
“I just love acting and singing and it’s pretty fun getting involved in the drama department—I love performing as well,” she enthused.
Practices began in late September and she said, working with the band and various crews has been a great experience.
“Working with the tech crew is really cool—they are really good at making sure all our mikes are equalized—everyone involved is just really awesome,” she said.
Hawryluk is also stoked about the play’s story line of Greenwich’s life as a singer songwriter from her formative childhood years to adult stardom.
“She wrote so many famous songs that many people know like Chapel of Love, Be My Baby and Leader of the Pack, and they are all included in the musical,” she said.
“Basically, the whole entire thing is just going through her life and showing her story behind the scenes.”
Stang labels Leader of the Pack as a jukebox musical with all the hits songs involved.
He has enlisted 26 cast members, 25 crew members and a 12-piece pit band that adds up to the most ever in an LCHS play.
Last year, the LCHS drama department introduced the Zombie Prom musical to Lloydminster with a small three piece band.
“We’ve expanded this year and brought in more of an orchestra type—it’s pretty cool, saxophone and trombones and all that kind of stuff,” said Stang.
“The percussion sounds amazing.”
Leader of the Pack is a musical suited to high schools, but Stang said it has been challenging, especially the vocals, with so much singing involved.
“It’s fun for the kids to play,” he said, adding the subject matter is very general audience approved.
“The songs are very upbeat—all my kids are big fans of 60s’ doo-wop type of music,” he said.
For complete show times and ticket prices including a dinner theatre on Dec. 5, e-mail Baronsdrama@lpsd.ca.

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