Impressed. Impressed with what, you ask? Impressed with the outstanding showcase of local talent. And where do I begin?
A few weekends ago, myself and my sister and her sons, met up at our local community theater, The Fox Theater. Years ago, it was the local cinema. Today, it’s primarily used for productions put on by the locals. And by “locals” I mean the central Louisiana area residents. Every year, there is a major production casting very talented locals. There’s also a kids play during the summer. My nephew has participated in many of the children’s plays. They are always entertaining, and the kids seem to have THE best time!
I admit, I was a bit skeptical. Oh, the Facebook feeds of those who had been to see Decades 2015, A Musical Timeline, raved at how good the show was. I even work with one of the participants, Dr. Jamie Ducote, DVM. He loves to sing. So much so, he’s traveled around the country trying out for multiple tv-based talent shows. After watching his performance, all I can say is he CAN sing.
We decided to attend the very last show. Many people were going back for seconds. I figured the performers would give it their all at the grand finale. And besides, it was approximately 3 hours long. And the last show was a matinee. That would work for me.
We showed up a bit early because it was general admission. We’d “heard” it was pretty loud, so we opted for the second to last row of seats. I’m glad we did. It was pretty loud. But once the lights lowered and the crowd hushed, songs I’d grown up with as a child and loved as a teenager began, one decade at a time. And memories flooded my mind as I listened to and enjoyed every minute of the performance.
I was floored. Yes, it was amazing. The talent was extraordinary and they showed up for EVERY note! I swear, if I closed my eyes, I heard Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Patti Labelle and many, many more greats from the 50s to the 80s. The stage was simple, yet effective and the costumes were quirky, but cute. Dr. Ducote as a Beatle was a treat! I did not leave disappointed.