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, MLA St. Norbert
June 27, 2013

Collège Saint-Norbert Collegiate Musical–The Sound of Music

Mr. Speaker, dating back to the 1950s, Collège Saint-Norbert Collegiate has a rich heritage within the community of St. Norbert. This grade 9 to 12 school is a dual‑track institution. It offers a French immersion program and an English program in addition to an apprenticeship program.

The collegiate student population is drawn from school partners within the Seine River School Division, LaSalle School, École Saint-Norbert Immersion, La Barrière Crossings and École St. Adolphe School. Among the most incredible things that happen at Saint-Norbert Collegiate, I rise today to highlight a wonderful achievement that brought students, staff and families together.

Earlier this year, the Saint-Norbert Collegiate put on a classical musical, The Sound of Music. My fiancée, Michelle, and I attended together and absolutely loved it. It was clear that the students had rehearsed hours countlessly to pull off a flawless performance on this beloved stage show.

Mr. Speaker, there are two main reasons this event was particularly special for Michelle and me. The Sound of Music is one of those classics that everyone has loved and seen. I have fond memories of watching Julie Andrews's version as a child with my family. Who doesn't know all the words to Do‑Re-Mi? Mix in this childhood sentimentality with seeing young people in the community come together and succeed, and you really do have the perfect community event.

Thank you to everyone who supported these young people in becoming local stars. All the families of the community and community members who attended and helped in many other ways, are irreplaceable. You are helping the next generation achieve their goals and build their self-confidence. To all the actors, singers, dancers, stage managers, wardrobe attendants, producers, hair-makeup artists, technical crew and everyone else involved in a variety of capacities, congratulations on a job well done. You are talented, energetic and entertaining, and you certainly know how to put on a great show.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.