Calling all ’80s babies, and those who rocked them. Get ready to bang your head to the familiar beats of Guns and Roses, White Snake, Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leopard, Pat Benatar and more.
Vernon Community Music School is about to blow the roof off Powerhouse Theatre with Rock of Ages Dec. 14-16. The fifth annual Glee Club show will be cranked up to 10 for this performance of live music, song and dance.
“No hearing assistance required,” said director Therese Parent.
Joining the party is Vernon’s own Darby Mills, singing her Headpins smash hit Don’t It Make You Feel.
“She’s still got it man, she’s still got the chops,” said Parent, who is pumped for performance.
“This show is going to be phenomenal. It’s over the top.”
The high energy performance will showcase some new and young talent never seen before, as well as veterans of Glee, such as Danica Block who has been with the club since its first year in 2011.
“All of the singers are amateurs, they’re your next door neighbours,” said Block, one of the 19 cast members ranging from accountants, to teachers and tech workers ranging in age from eight to 80.
Glee Club is where these individuals can hone their skills and shine.
“We want people to have an opportunity to get out and perform,” said Parent. “They get this opportunity with this group.”
And they’re all loving the chance to rock to the music they grew up to, with a new spin on some of the classic songs such as Paradise City, Juke Box Hero and Pour Some Sugar On Me.
The band is equally pumped and perfected the sound to other hits like I Wanna Rock and Harden My Heart.
“This music is not easy and oh my goodness, the band has just stepped up,” said Parent of the group including Julian Veres on bass, Donald Parker playing guitar, Mike Parent on drums and Ron Epp playing the keyboard.
Block adds: “This is probably the show that the band is most excited for.”
With the creative genius of set designer Dave Brotsky, the singing and dancing show choir (with City Dance) guarantees to rock your socks off.
“It’s just non-stop, so much energy,” said Parent. “We’re so pumped.”
No hearing assistance is required and dancing in the aisles is encouraged for this show.
Rock of Ages is Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., plus there will be a Dec. 16 matinee at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 available at ticketseller.ca and 250-549-SHOW(7469).