Ukrainian Concert

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A scene in the concert between Blessed Bishop Nykyta Budka and the Ukrainian immigrant family

 

The busiest and most exciting day of Ukrainian Week is Thursday, the day of the concert. The Ukrainian concert is the most important event of the week, and the culmination of many hours of practice and preparation. It involves all the staff and students of  IHMS, as well as hundreds of visitors to the school.

 

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The stage for the Ukrainian concert

 

On Thursday, March 21st, 2013, the K-8 students of IHMS gave two excellent performances of  ??Ukrainian Roots in Canadian Soil?. The format of the two Ukrainian concerts were very similar to the Christmas concerts last December ?? the first performance was a dress rehearsal at 1:30 in the afternoon, and the second was at 7:00 in the evening.

 

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Click here to view the Ukrainian concert program

 

Students performed the concert twice that day to accommodate the various schedules of parents and relatives. Since most parents came to the concert that evening, the afternoon performance was an excellent way for the students to tighten up their act while performing in front of a smaller live audience.

 

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A few scenes from the Ukrainian concert’s matinee performance

 

??Ukrainian Roots in Canadian Soil? chronicled the adventures of a family from Ukraine moving to Canada about 100 years ago. In the story, which is told through narration, the family is excited about their new start in another country. The family is also anticipating the arrival of Blessed Bishop Nykyta Budka to Canada around the same time (December, 1912). The concert also had various musical numbers interspersed throughout the story.

 

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Main Characters

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Grandmother – Grace C.

Grandfather – Orest F.

Mother – Marysa F.

Father – Andrij D.

Daughter – Jenny K.

Son – James B.

Blessed Bishop Nykyta Budka – Darian P.

 

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Main cast members of “Ukrainian Roots in Canadian Soil”

 

 

     Click here to view additional Ukrainian concert photos     

 

 

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 A few scenes of the junior high students in the concert

 

Thank you to our Ukrainian/Music teacher, Mrs. Stanowych, who wrote the script for the concert, prepared the students for all the songs, and directed the concert! This was a lot of work, and involved weeks of rehearsals to make sure everything was just perfect. Thank you also to the rest of the IHMS staff for their various contributions to the concert. A lot of hard work and effort went into its preparation, but it was well worth it. The audience enjoyed themselves, and ??Ukrainian Roots in Canadian Soil? appeared to be a great success!

 

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K-8 students on the risers singing the last song of the concert

 

 

Professionally filmed DVD??s of “Ukrainian Roots in Canadian Soil” will be available for purchase through the school office.