Some of the Bright LIght and Billboards cast: (from left) Dan Caverly

Broadway-themed concert raising funds for Creston Community Auditorium Society

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  • Jun. 11, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The Prince Charles Theatre will come alive with the sound of music when Creston Community Auditorium Society performers take to the stage on Saturday night.

“It is a collaborative effort,” said director Derek Kemle. “Everyone is working on their own favourite numbers.”

Bright Lights and Billboards will feature some of Creston’s best singers performing single, duet and group numbers, all designed to raise funds for the auditorium society, which purchases equipment for the venue.

“This is such a good group of people who really enjoy performing,” said Kemle, who is home with his family in Creston for the summer before flying off to take a job with Disneyland Paris in July. “They all really want to perform well.”

After the opening group number, “Magic To Do” (from the musical Pippin), Kemle will sing “All I Ask of You”, a duet from The Phantom of the Opera, with Brittney Boehmer. She appeared in the Foolighters Theatre Society’s spring production of Carousel, which he choreographed. Kemle also opens Act Two with his rendition of “I Believe”, from the smash Broadway hit, The Book of Mormon.

Also performing will other other singers, many of whom are familiar to Footlighters fans — Jennifer Adams, Morgan Benty, Dan Caverly, Devan Coward, Brian Lawrence, Anna Payne, Logan Thompson and Simone Wiebe. Most of the numbers scheduled are from popular Broadway musicals.

“These are very talented people who approach their roles with great professionalism,” said Kemle.

The finale, appropriately, is a Disney medley that features songs from 10 Disney musicals, including The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Dumbo and Mary Poppins.

After spending several seasons performing on Disney cruise ships, he said it is a pleasure to find such a high standard of talent here in his hometown.

“I wish I could do more of this — just getting a bunch of people I like together to sing songs that we all like,” he said.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $5 for children under 12, available at Creative Fix, Black Bear Books, Kingfisher Used Books and at the door.

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