MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 22, 2010 –Nearly 40 students from LaurenHill Academy (2505 Cote Vertu) are set to become St. Laurent’s Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies this December as they prepare to put on a full scale production of Grease.
For the students, some of whom are "at risk" because of learning disabilities or difficult home situations, the upcoming performances are the culmination of tireless efforts both after school and weekends.
“The production is really a self-esteem boost for our students,” said said Susan Freed, a Guidance Counsellor at Laurenhill Academy and the Director of "GREASE". “They are also learning about time management, responsibility, commitment and teamwork. I believe this is having a huge positive effect on our students and their sense of belonging to the school. I am really proud of their accomplishments; they are just shining out there.”
Transforming the English Montreal School Board locale into a modern day Rydell High School would have been as difficult as Old Lady Lynch’s English class if it were not for the dedication of 20 teachers and administrators as well as the helping hand of the Lakeshore Players and the Lakeshore Light Opera, who has lent costumes, furniture, props and sets.
The general public, friends and family can turn two cold and dreary evenings into Summer Nights on December 17 at 8 p.m. and on December 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $12.50 and can be purchased at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be going to support the Just for Kids Foundation.