Thursday, June 22, 2023

AFFNO sponsors an afternoon of Musical/Comedy en Français at the Lester Centre Friday afternoon

Showtime beckons for some talented students from École Jack Cook 
in Terrace, as they bring Flammènche Sur la Skeena
to the Lester Centre stage on Friday afternoon

An opportunity to take in a well received musical theatre performance from L'Ecole Jack-Cook in Terrace comes to the Lester Centre on Friday, with the Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest sponsoring the production of Flammèche Sur la Skeena.

The project that takes to the stage at the Lester Centre tomorrow, came out of COVID times and was created by Music Teacher Marc-Olivier Chouinard and the students of the school. 

They brought in  François Tardif a friend of Mr. Chouiinard's from Quebec to collaborate on the production, he participating in the creation by Zoom. 

To get a glimpse of what those in attendance at  Friday's show may find, we contacted AFFNO's Patrick Witwicki for a scene setter for the performance

Wildlife on the Skeena River has never been better. 

That is, until Bob la Flammèche, comes along, intent on destroying it all so he can live the way he is accustomed to! 

The animals of the Skeena, led by Lexibou the Wolf, come together to win the Skeena River back. 

This is a French comedy musical (with English subtitles), written and performed by École Jack Cook School in Terrace.

Photo from AFFNO

The talented students of L'Ecole Jack-Cook have taken their production across the Northwest in recent weeks, with shows in Kitimat and Smithers before the trip west and the final show of their tour in Prince Rupert.

The project debuted at the REM Lee Theatre in Terrace in June of 2022.

Students, parents and the school spent a good portion of the last few months fundraising for their tour finding support from residents and commercial supporters in the Terrace area to take the show on the road.

The École Jack-Cook website features some video clips of the musical work for the production for you to review which you can explore here.

There is no charge for admission for the 1 PM show Friday and for those who may be a little rusty on their Français comprehension; the production includes subtitles so you can follow the travels of the animals along the Skeena.

You can check out the event page for the production for more notes on Friday's production, as well as through the AFFNO social media stream.

More notes on the City's Arts scene can be reviewed here

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