Musical revue opens to good crowd

Fort Frances High School’s annual musical revue—this year entitled “What’s In a Name?”—opened at the Townshend Theatre last night with well over 300 seats filled.
Under the musical direction of teacher Chris Denby, the opening number saw 60 students take the stage to sing and dance, with more at work behind-the-scenes.
As its name implies, the musical revue was all about songs with people’s names as their titles—and there was no shortage of material as both a chorus and soloists ran through more than 50 tunes without missing a beat.
The variety of music ran the gamut from ’30s standards to contemporary songs.
Most of the numbers were solo performances, which gave individuals such as David Barron, Lauren Gurski, Brittany Hayes, Kenneth Kellar, and Dylan Thompson (to name just a few), a chance to shine.
These songs ranged from the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” and the Barenaked Ladies’ “Brian Wilson” to Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” and the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Meanwhile, a sampling of the chorus numbers, complete with choreography, included ABBA’s “Fernando,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and Boney M’s “Rasputin.”
The musical revue is produced by John Dutton and choreographed by Sherree Denby.
The live music is provided by Chris Denby (piano, guitar), Dutton (guitar, brass), Myron Hawryluk (bass), Rob Donaldson (guitar), and Jim Newman (percussion).
For those who couldn’t make it to the Townshend Theatre last night, don’t fret—“What’s In a Name?” continues there tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts as well as at the box office prior to the shows.