If I’ve been a little more off the grid these days I have good reason; in addition to my day job, fundraising gigs with band Five Easy Pieces, & wrapping up production on ‘Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions’ I have been taking on the fun task of dancing (yes, dancing!) in the Flin Flon Community Choir’s local production of Broadway musical ‘Chicago’.
Flin Flon is real lucky to be able to have this production; we are even more fortunate to have director Crystal Kolt & the plethora of other talented people on & off-stage making this all come together. ‘Chicago’ is a huge dance piece; with 15 dance numbers, most fronted by the amazing Miranda Bowman & Samantha Moore & supported by a cross section of talents including a stellar orchestra band, a couple of fine Winnipeg dancers, sound & light experts, a choreographer & a lot of locals who generously devote time to act, sing in the choir, prepare costumes & manage everything & everyone backstage. It’s fantastic & inspiring!
Those familiar with ‘Chicago’ know its set in the 1920’s & that it weaves the tale of two murderesses Velma Kelly (Moore) & Roxie Hart (Bowman) as they embark on a love-hate relationship & a quest for fame. Even more interesting to me are the stories-within-the-story; all of the shenanigans & fodder that take place amongst the locals involved in this ensemble. Flin Flon has a lot of larger-than-life characters; there are moments I think of the classic novel ‘Peyton Place’ or the old country song ‘Harper Valley PTA’. To clarify I say this with the most affection; It’s these characters within this ensemble that have made the hours spent so much more colorful & memorable to me. A person really could write a book, sitcom or episode of ‘Murder She Wrote’ with this stuff! I certainly have no shortage of material!
As we gear up for the big reveal (this Friday, Saturday & Sunday) I think back to how the experiences all unfolded; my initial doubts & attempts learn choreography, developing bonds with new & old faces, & just embracing a new experience that has been a special part of this already unique chapter of my life. I’m so appreciative of these moments & the opportunity to connect with a variety of folks. Below are some photographs I snapped which are but a glimpse at what some of these times & characters looked like through my eyes. Thank you to everyone for this once in a lifetime experience. (Dbl click on the images in the gallery)