I know that it’s a little pretentious for me to say, but Friday night, we were the champions. The 2019 Spring Arts Festival tribute concert to Queen was a total success! Despite worrying we wouldn’t have that great of a crowd – one of the stage directors telling us ten minutes before the show started that only half of the seats were filled – it turned out to be a full house! The auditorium was so packed that there were even people standing in the aisles! How crazy is that?
I’m still in shock over it, in all honesty. The show felt like it came and went too soon. All the rehearsals and all the nights I spent at my keyboard playing my parts against the recordings of the songs to get them down came together, and we absolutely killed it! The crowd was so into it – singing and clapping along, stomping their feet…It was the kind of experience that you just had to be there for to understand how amazing it felt.
I can’t really speak for those in the audience, but there was so much energy in that auditorium that night, especially on stage. Our “Freddies” – John Larson, El, Zach, and Brianna – sung their hearts out, channeling the iconic singer by wearing things like Brianna’s fur coat for Killer Queen, El’s all-white suit for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Zach’s blouse and skirt for I Want to Break Free. They even using his staple detached microphone for a few of the songs!
Some of the band got really into it too, with James (one of the bassists) wearing bellbottoms and an oversized button-down and Nate (one of the guitarists) wearing the most colorful suit jacket that absolutely screamed Queen. I was a little disappointed that the background singers weren’t able to dress up too – because you know I would’ve gone all out for it – but we did get to wear t-shirts with the awesome logo created for the promotional posters!
On top of that, a few of us “non-Freddies” were even able to have our own solos, like Sarah and John Martin’s in Flash and mine in Keep Yourself Alive. They may have just been “speaking” parts, but they were solos nonetheless!
It does make me a little sad to think that it’s over now. I’m really going to miss working with all these amazing people – especially Maria, Geoff, and Doc McGuire. They put so much time and effort into making this show the best it could be, and it just goes to show how great FLCC’s music department is. The teachers really care about what they do here, and the results show it. The same can be said for the students too! I mean, we did meet up two times pretty much every week for three months getting this show just right. That’s some dedication!
All in all, this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it, even if at times I was ready to throw in the towel. Had I done that, I don’t think I’d ever forgive myself. I’m still too obsessed with Queen right now to not have done this, haha.
I hope you were able to see the show, because it truly was something spectacular. And if you didn’t, ask someone who did because you’re going to want to hear about it. Trust me.
Until next time,