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SJR rock show is a nod to glam rock era
There may not be life on Mars, but there will be plenty of shining stars at an upcoming school rock show.
St. John’s Ravenscourt School will present its 22nd annual rock show extravaganza — this year titled Glitter ‘n’ Glam — from April 16 to 18. There will be nightly performances at 7 p.m. in the school’s Reimer Gymnasium. The school is located at 400 South Dr.
Students will turn back the clock, slip on satin pants, leg warmers and platform boots and perform the songs of David Bowie, T Rex, ABBA, Donna Summer, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Duran Duran — to name just a few.
Approximately 100 students — including about 80 performers and 20 crew members — have been busy preparing for the show, which is directed by local musician, historian and author John Einarson.
"The whole glam era was such a colourful time and the show will be wild and colourful in extreme ways, which will create a fun, exciting atmosphere," said Einarson, who lives in Charleswood and taught at SJR from 1990 to 2008.
"It will be a huge production, especially with the lighting, lasers, a huge stage, towers of lighting and a PA system hanging from the ceiling," added Einarson, noting audiences can expect a grand finale featuring Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
"Glam is not so much an identifiable sound, but an identifiable image. It really set up the MTV era," added Einarson, who was first exposed to the glam era when he went to London for a year in 1973 to "play rock ‘n’ roll."
Grade 10 student Stephanie Fennell — a vocalist, pianist and flautist — said the show is a great way to express her musicality in a way that’s less structured than classical music.
"It’s a really special experience for me, as I love performing. The show will feature some unique songs I’ve known for a long time," Fennell said.
Despite being younger than many of songs on the set list, Fennell is familiar with the sounds of the 1970s and ‘80s due to her parents’ record and video games like Rock Band.
Grade 11 student Vanessa Leung Shing — who has been dancing since age 4 — said the show is about having fun.
"When I get nervous, I tend to rehearse a lot with my friends," she said. "But it doesn’t have to be perfect. I want it to be fun and entertaining."
Tickets are $15 and available at the SJR Senior School office or at the door on the night. For more information, call 477-2400.
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