Students from Prince Rupert Secondary School and Charles Hays Secondary School hit the stage and showcased their talents at the Lester Centre of the Arts all day on Friday, holding the annual Fine Arts Revue.
The two high schools hold the yearly performance to showcase what students in the fine arts department (drama, art and band) have been up to over the school year. In previous years the show had been held at the end of the school year, but because of grad and other events coinciding during that time, the schools decided to hold the annual performance around the same time as Arts and Culture Week.
The School District Concert and Jazz bands, led by teacher Tristan Fox, provided the music throughout the evening, and whether it be performing multiple songs from the Disney classic The Lion King during the first part of the show, covering the well known Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing” or music from the popular video game “Halo” the band students did a spectacular job.
The art department helped lend a hand by creating masks to be used during “The Lion King” songs that were performed. Art students did an amazing job at recreating familiar faces from the movie. As well, many eye-catching paintings, drawings and photography projects made by art students were displayed in the lobby.
Students from the drama sector performed published plays including a play about a mother (played by Georgia Riddell) and daughter (played by Tristen Wybou) who are arguing about the sanitary level of the daughter’s bedroom that rang all to true to any mother or daughter in the crowd. Also, a play about a want-to-be bedtime monster (played by Michael Robertson) being trained by a professional nighttime terror (played by Josh Tooke) had the audience howling in laughter, not fear.
“I am so proud of [the drama students]. They were great on stage and off. They did really good,” commented PRSS’s Drama Department Leader Alison O’Toole.
After a band that was scheduled to play dropped out, the drama students stepped up and decided to do some improv skits to the end of the show.
“It was a last minute decision to have the improv in the show, but I’m glad we did. I think crowds are always impressed when people can go on stage and wing it,” said O’Toole.
Funds raised from the Fine Arts Revue will go towards future projects for each arts sector.