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Rock of Ages hitting the stage in Labrador West

Members of the Rock of Ages band prepare for the upcoming Encore Community Arts Association performance.
Members of the Rock of Ages band prepare for the upcoming Encore Community Arts Association performance. - Photo by Mike Power
LABRADOR CITY, N.L. —

Are you ready to take a musical journey back in time?

The Encore Community Arts Association - a not-for-profit group in Labrador West that promotes theatre, art, music, and choral work - is getting ready to stage its new production. While the group has written some of its own productions in the past, this time it is bringing the well-know musical Rock of Ages to the local stage.

“It’s a night of fun based on the music of the 80s," explained Krista Norman, co-producer of vocals.

There are tunes from STYX, Journey, Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi and the best music of that era.

Matt Soper, co-producer of sets and tech, says “there are about 40 people involved, ranging from high school students to adults." That includes 20 actors and singers, four dancers, a band and production crew.

“It’s all live," he explained, "with an amazing six-piece band that is ready to belt out the tunes."

The musical is based on the premise that developers are about to take over a well-loved section of Los Angeles and replace it with more modern shopping and amenities. Club owners and locals fight the development, so the audience will hear songs like the popular "We’re Not Going To Take It," "We Built This City," "Come On Feel The Noise" and many more.

“We were lucky to find all the talent we needed,” says Norman. “When we write, we can tailor the roles and stories to the people we know, but here, we have to find the people to find the characters in the musical.”

Luckily, Soper says, “There is a lot of talent in this area." 

Kendra Traverse, Travis Lawrence, Angelica Saunders, Garrett Hiscock,  Sean Murphy and Chris Ball are just a few of the names involved.

Tickets are available at the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre or at the online site. The show will hit the stage Feb. 19, 20, 22 and 23.

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