Hootin' hollerin' fun coming to Lynden April 16

WhatsOn Apr 08, 2016 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A group of performers gathered in the sanctuary of the Lynden United Church last week to practise for the first time with the pit band that would accompany them during what is sure to be a foot-stompin’, hoot and hollerin’ good time in just over a week.

And after almost 45 years of producing a home-grown show, the Lynden United Church decided it was time to do what the small rural community loves: all things country.

The 2016 Lynden Spring Revue will present the opening night of “Life in a Country Town” on Sat., April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church, located on Lynden Road, at Governors Road. “It’s really a collaborative effort by everybody. You’ve got the 58-voice chorus (and) about 10, 12 others that are an integral part of the whole show,” said Bill Osborne, co-director.

The show happens once every two years and the theme is decided as a collective whole.

The group performed one other country-themed show more than 15 years ago – after years of performing Broadway pieces, they decided to put away the musical melodrama and bring out the Stetsons, boots and spurs with a healthy dose of sugar, spice and sass.

Osborne explained that the 100-person cast will perform skits, dances and songs – all with a down-home flair.

“The whole thing is the village getting together and doing a show, sort of in the Mickey Rooney sense. It’s a lot of fun,” he added, referring to the vaudeville and variety shows the Hollywood actor was famous for.

The show is centred around country music classics from Johnny Cash and Anne Murray to Charlie Daniels and Elvis Presley, and even the Eagles.

“This is a country town and country music is huge in the area, so let’s please the people that come and sit our seats and pay their money to see the show,” said Roger Girard, co-music director.

Girard has been involved with the Revue since the early 1980s, first singing in the choir and then moving on to the music director’s spot in the early ‘90s.

He says this show is special because it is truly a homespun production with all the professional musicians providing the accompaniment and practising artists to do the backdrops.

“Getting down to the nitty-gritty, to the production stages,” said Girard.

According to Osborne, the group has been performing together for years.

The choir has a cap of 60 and the other players come back show after show, which means there is room for about five new faces in each production.

“This year we were very lucky, we had five new faces and five old faces decided they didn’t want to be part of it,” said Osborne.

The director said that the evening is in its 46th year due to one thing: the cast loves to come together and perform.

“We do it for fun,” he said.

In addition to opening night, the Lynden Spring Revue will perform four other shows: a matinee on Sun., April 17 at 2 p.m., evening performances Fri., April 22 and Sat., April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and another matinee on Sun., April 24 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, call 519-512-2579 or email tickets@lyndenspringrevue.com and visit www.lyndenspringrevue.com.

Hootin' hollerin' fun coming to Lynden April 16

Bi-annual Spring Revue features tons of local talent

WhatsOn Apr 08, 2016 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A group of performers gathered in the sanctuary of the Lynden United Church last week to practise for the first time with the pit band that would accompany them during what is sure to be a foot-stompin’, hoot and hollerin’ good time in just over a week.

And after almost 45 years of producing a home-grown show, the Lynden United Church decided it was time to do what the small rural community loves: all things country.

The 2016 Lynden Spring Revue will present the opening night of “Life in a Country Town” on Sat., April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church, located on Lynden Road, at Governors Road. “It’s really a collaborative effort by everybody. You’ve got the 58-voice chorus (and) about 10, 12 others that are an integral part of the whole show,” said Bill Osborne, co-director.

The show happens once every two years and the theme is decided as a collective whole.

The group performed one other country-themed show more than 15 years ago – after years of performing Broadway pieces, they decided to put away the musical melodrama and bring out the Stetsons, boots and spurs with a healthy dose of sugar, spice and sass.

Osborne explained that the 100-person cast will perform skits, dances and songs – all with a down-home flair.

“The whole thing is the village getting together and doing a show, sort of in the Mickey Rooney sense. It’s a lot of fun,” he added, referring to the vaudeville and variety shows the Hollywood actor was famous for.

The show is centred around country music classics from Johnny Cash and Anne Murray to Charlie Daniels and Elvis Presley, and even the Eagles.

“This is a country town and country music is huge in the area, so let’s please the people that come and sit our seats and pay their money to see the show,” said Roger Girard, co-music director.

Girard has been involved with the Revue since the early 1980s, first singing in the choir and then moving on to the music director’s spot in the early ‘90s.

He says this show is special because it is truly a homespun production with all the professional musicians providing the accompaniment and practising artists to do the backdrops.

“Getting down to the nitty-gritty, to the production stages,” said Girard.

According to Osborne, the group has been performing together for years.

The choir has a cap of 60 and the other players come back show after show, which means there is room for about five new faces in each production.

“This year we were very lucky, we had five new faces and five old faces decided they didn’t want to be part of it,” said Osborne.

The director said that the evening is in its 46th year due to one thing: the cast loves to come together and perform.

“We do it for fun,” he said.

In addition to opening night, the Lynden Spring Revue will perform four other shows: a matinee on Sun., April 17 at 2 p.m., evening performances Fri., April 22 and Sat., April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and another matinee on Sun., April 24 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, call 519-512-2579 or email tickets@lyndenspringrevue.com and visit www.lyndenspringrevue.com.

Hootin' hollerin' fun coming to Lynden April 16

Bi-annual Spring Revue features tons of local talent

WhatsOn Apr 08, 2016 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A group of performers gathered in the sanctuary of the Lynden United Church last week to practise for the first time with the pit band that would accompany them during what is sure to be a foot-stompin’, hoot and hollerin’ good time in just over a week.

And after almost 45 years of producing a home-grown show, the Lynden United Church decided it was time to do what the small rural community loves: all things country.

The 2016 Lynden Spring Revue will present the opening night of “Life in a Country Town” on Sat., April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church, located on Lynden Road, at Governors Road. “It’s really a collaborative effort by everybody. You’ve got the 58-voice chorus (and) about 10, 12 others that are an integral part of the whole show,” said Bill Osborne, co-director.

The show happens once every two years and the theme is decided as a collective whole.

The group performed one other country-themed show more than 15 years ago – after years of performing Broadway pieces, they decided to put away the musical melodrama and bring out the Stetsons, boots and spurs with a healthy dose of sugar, spice and sass.

Osborne explained that the 100-person cast will perform skits, dances and songs – all with a down-home flair.

“The whole thing is the village getting together and doing a show, sort of in the Mickey Rooney sense. It’s a lot of fun,” he added, referring to the vaudeville and variety shows the Hollywood actor was famous for.

The show is centred around country music classics from Johnny Cash and Anne Murray to Charlie Daniels and Elvis Presley, and even the Eagles.

“This is a country town and country music is huge in the area, so let’s please the people that come and sit our seats and pay their money to see the show,” said Roger Girard, co-music director.

Girard has been involved with the Revue since the early 1980s, first singing in the choir and then moving on to the music director’s spot in the early ‘90s.

He says this show is special because it is truly a homespun production with all the professional musicians providing the accompaniment and practising artists to do the backdrops.

“Getting down to the nitty-gritty, to the production stages,” said Girard.

According to Osborne, the group has been performing together for years.

The choir has a cap of 60 and the other players come back show after show, which means there is room for about five new faces in each production.

“This year we were very lucky, we had five new faces and five old faces decided they didn’t want to be part of it,” said Osborne.

The director said that the evening is in its 46th year due to one thing: the cast loves to come together and perform.

“We do it for fun,” he said.

In addition to opening night, the Lynden Spring Revue will perform four other shows: a matinee on Sun., April 17 at 2 p.m., evening performances Fri., April 22 and Sat., April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and another matinee on Sun., April 24 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, call 519-512-2579 or email tickets@lyndenspringrevue.com and visit www.lyndenspringrevue.com.