By Eraina Hooyer
A shipwreck, mistaken identities and an out of control gorilla were just some of the entertaining happenings during the Alberta Homeschool Summer musical, Lagooned.
Many people packed into the Asker Lutheran Church to see the final results of all the students’ hard work for three performances on Aug. 15 and 16.
Debbie and Dean Zepick, directors of the musical, hosted a workshop for the students at their ranch where the students camped out, practiced and socialized.
“They’re just a fantastic group of people,” said Debbie. “We have three goals for this: for them to have fun, connect with other young high school kids and gain some confidence and poise in what they do. They always do a really good job.”
The storyline begins with island natives looking for someone to throw into the volcano for their usual ritual. When a cruise ship hits a sandbar the passengers all end up on the island confused and scared of what the island brings their way. It turns out that the passengers landed on a fantasy island run by a travel company and that the ‘cannibals’ are actors who believed the shipwrecked passengers were people that paid to pretend they were stranded.
The only real happenings on the island are the actions of a group of pirates, which the passengers believe, for a time, is part of the whole act of the fantasy island.
“It’s just a silly, fun, family-oriented comedy,” said Debbie. “I just think people need to honestly laugh.”
Debbie also says that she wants to show that there are a lot of good youth out there that work hard and strive to do a good job.
“There are so many negative things in the press about young people,” she said. “I just want people to know that young people can be positive and fun.”
The Alberta Homeschool Summer Musicals is putting on another family-friendly show called The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree at the Asker Lutheran Church.
The musical will take place on Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
For more information contact the Zepick’s at 783-3446.