Students shoot for big bang performance

A Crowe show that aims to reach new heights every year is ready to hit the stage this week with an out-of-this-world line-up.

Crowe Variety Show organizers (seated at front) Tori McLaughlin

Crowe Variety Show organizers (seated at front) Tori McLaughlin

A Crowe show that aims to reach new heights every year is ready to hit the stage this week with an out-of-this-world line-up.

Students will share their own brand of humour in this week’s Crowe Variety Show with a reenactment of hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” portraying main characters Sheldon Cooper – an overly intellectual, theoretical physicist who lacks common sense and social skills – and his roommate Leonard Hofstadter, an experimental physicist who is in love with his beautiful neighbour.

Beyond comedy, the show performed at the Charles Bailey Theatre Thursday at 7 p.m. will showcase talented singers, dancers, actors, pianists and guitarists from grades 8-12.

“When it’s happening, it’s a little nerve-wracking but when it’s done, it’s like, ‘Oh my God that was fun!’” said leadership instructor Terry Jones, who organized the event with help from Grade 11 students Tiffany Kanda, Tori McLaughlin and Abby Muskeyn.

Watching the show develop from an approximate three acts four years ago to about 20 now has kept Kanda, a Steps dancer, interested over the years.

McLaughlin, a painter and sculptor, enjoys giving back to the arts community and loves being surprised by fellow classmates.

“You get to see some really quiet ones come out of their shell,” she said.

This is all too familiar for Muskeyn, who found her voice last year.

“That was the first time I ever came out and showed people I could sing,” she said. “Trail is thought of as a sports town, I love to get people involved in the performing arts.”

Putting on the show that connects youth to the rest of the community is just one of the jobs done by kids in the leadership program. Students enrolled in this course are also responsible for spearheading other great events like Heat in the Street, a basketball tournament, as well as the Family Fun Fair.

It will be tough to top last year’s “glow stick dance” but the team of organizers said the community is in for a treat.

“We try to think more along the lines of music, that’s what our age loves,” explained McLaughlin, adding that the show is “upbeat” and full of “high energy.”

Jones is expecting a laugh-out-loud performance from teachers at the school, who are roped into embarrassing acts by the high school’s principal.

“Dave DeRosa always has something up this sleeve,” he said.

At the end of the night, a former Crowe employee will be recognized for being an inspiration to the community and given the Golden Apple Award.

The real display of talent is a “fun-draiser” for the school, with the majority of the proceeds going to school scholarships, said Jones.

Tickets are $12 each and can be picked up at the Charles Bailey Theatre box-office.