St. Lawrence stages ‘’What the Heck’’ production

Friday, December 4th marked the night of Champlain St. Lawrence's famed ‘'What the Heck'' production, this year gone Hollywood at high school Compagnons de Cartier, Ste-Foy.

This semester was the fifth time that St. Lawrence has organized the production of ‘'What the Heck.'' A sixth production will arrive in Spring of 2010. A dozen students from the college, including director and producer Annik Bilodeau and business teacher Dominic Fournier, participated in creating a show that brought forth emotions and laughter from all ages of all interests.

 

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This year's theme was "Night at the Oscars," introduced by a flirtatious host (Emile Beauchemin) whose ridiculous desperation to find a date amidst the audience provoked many laughs.

 

Playing their part in promoting the English language, the songs were taken from several well known teen, romance, Walt Disney and classic movies, as well as from two musicals (‘'Mamma Mia'' and ‘'New York New York'').
Some of the songs included were from movies such as ‘'The Breakfast Club'' (1985), ‘'Twilight'' (2008), ‘'A Walk to Remember'' (2002), ‘'Dirty Dancing'' (1987), ‘'Aladdin'' (1992) and ‘'Easy Rider'' (1963).

The show was full of energy, confidence and enthusiasm; the dancing lively choreographed as the simple settings changed quickly and effectively. From the foolhardy jokes that came from the host with his seduction coach (Fanny Landry-Lymburner), the sensual rock full of cool attitude and spunk (Evelyn Trudel, Christopher Webb), the old time classics revived (Dominic Fournier) and finally to the soft, heart-felt songs that gave goose bumps (Marie-Gil Robitaille), all showed talent and all were able to recreate an atmosphere that was sensational in its own right.

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Further, third and last year as coordinator and musical director Annik Bilodeau, acknowledged that this year's What the Heck production was by far the best, having fewer members (seven musicians and seven singers) which thus created a more effective and friendly atmosphere.

"It's hard but it's really fun," said Bilodeau, "I think I'm their mom; do that, don't do that, do that, shut up."

Her last time in producing a What the Heck show will be during St. Lawrence's winter semester of 2010 and will certainly be just as powerful, if not more. The musicians were also stars in the show, having impressively played a range of genres, from the good old rock and funk to the romantically intricate guitar playing in salsa music.

Moreover, a part of the profits will go to Amnesty International and Unicef, as well as community causes within the city of Quebec, organized by St. Lawrence teacher and activist Robert McBryde. Overall, the end was marked by ceaseless applause by supporters and a medley of quick tunes done by all members of the show, finishing much too soon.By Nicola Nicholson
Friday, December 4th marked the night of Champlain St. Lawrence's famed ‘'What the Heck'' production, this year gone Hollywood at high school Compagnons de Cartier, Ste-Foy.

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This semester was the fifth time that St. Lawrence has organized the production of ‘'What the Heck.'' A sixth production will arrive in Spring of 2010. A dozen students from the college, including director and producer Annik Bilodeau and business teacher Dominic Fournier, participated in creating a show that brought forth emotions and laughter from all ages of all interests.

This year's theme was "Night at the Oscars," introduced by a flirtatious host (Emile Beauchemin) whose ridiculous desperation to find a date amidst the audience provoked many laughs.

Playing their part in promoting the English language, the songs were taken from several well known teen, romance, Walt Disney and classic movies, as well as from two musicals (‘'Mamma Mia'' and ‘'New York New York'').
Some of the songs included were from movies such as ‘'The Breakfast Club'' (1985), ‘'Twilight'' (2008), ‘'A Walk to Remember'' (2002), ‘'Dirty Dancing'' (1987), ‘'Aladdin'' (1992) and ‘'Easy Rider'' (1963).

The show was full of energy, confidence and enthusiasm; the dancing lively choreographed as the simple settings changed quickly and effectively. From the foolhardy jokes that came from the host with his seduction coach (Fanny Landry-Lymburner), the sensual rock full of cool attitude and spunk (Evelyn Trudel, Christopher Webb), the old time classics revived (Dominic Fournier) and finally to the soft, heart-felt songs that gave goose bumps (Marie-Gil Robitaille), all showed talent and all were able to recreate an atmosphere that was sensational in its own right.

Further, third and last year as coordinator and musical director Annik Bilodeau, acknowledged that this year's What the Heck production was by far the best, having fewer members (seven musicians and seven singers) which thus created a more effective and friendly atmosphere.

"It's hard but it's really fun," said Bilodeau, "I think I'm their mom; do that, don't do that, do that, shut up."

Her last time in producing a What the Heck show will be during St. Lawrence's winter semester of 2010 and will certainly be just as powerful, if not more. The musicians were also stars in the show, having impressively played a range of genres, from the good old rock and funk to the romantically intricate guitar playing in salsa music.

Moreover, a part of the profits will go to Amnesty International and Unicef, as well as community causes within the city of Quebec, organized by St. Lawrence teacher and activist Robert McBryde. Overall, the end was marked by ceaseless applause by supporters and a medley of quick tunes done by all members of the show, finishing much too soon.