By Diane Dammann
Forestburg was treated to a real class act with the Labelle Stage Productions rendition of The Liberace Christmas Family Special. The stage was set with candelabras, of course, plus a chandelier, life size toy soldiers and white lights on two large trees. Then there was a five-piece band to accompany the great piano playing on the grand piano.
Curtis Labelle, the creator of the show, has a local connection. Ray Labelle of Castor is his father. Ray and his wife retired from their furniture store in Vernon, BC to live in Halkirk. Very shortly after moving here Mrs. Labelle died from Cancer. Ray now lives in Castor.
Curtis was only four when the family was living in Vernon when they noticed that he had musical talent. He studied piano under Dr. Ross Debrusin. Curtis is now a gifted pianist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked in theatre production for the past 14 years. He has taught music in St. Albert for some time.
The audience loved the antics of “Liberace” , the music was great as were the two vocalists, Dana Strong and Madison Morin. The ladies each came on stage three times in a different spectacular gown. Liberace had at least four outlandish costumes.
Gourmet desserts were included in the ticket price. Tables were set with clothes, pretzel snacks and a centerpiece. All very classy.
Labelle Stage Productions certainly aced this concert. They are doing an Elvis one soon.