Mecca Productions is wrapping up another musical year with their annual concert, On Broadway 11, celebrating 15 years of Mecca in Brandon.
The concert, which is a highlight of what Mecca has done throughout the year as well as a preview of what is coming up, will be returning to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium to accommodate the impressive lineup of performers ranging in age from three to 73 years old.
"There are over 100 kids performing in the concert at different times, and then we have our community choir as well…about 50 adults," said producer Lisa Vasconcelos. "We’ll wrap up the concert with everyone singing together…we’re pretty excited about it, we don’t always do that."
This year’s lineup includes songs from Finding Neverland, Wicked and The Lion King, as well as a preview of upcoming shows like Sister Act and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The whole cast will also perform Michael Jackson’s "I’ll be there," which Vasconcelos said really represents how the kids came together this year.
"Our programs are built on paying it forward. Adults with lots of experience share and mentor those whose skills are developing, and the same is true for the kids in our programs," said Vasconcelos. "One of the things we’ve really felt this year with our kids classes is just how amazing the older ones are as they serve as mentors for the younger kids…We are so proud of the amazing work our older kids do to lead and mentor our youngest kids."
The concert also serves as valuable learning experience for the kids as well, Vasconcelos said.
"The opportunity to perform is a chance for the kids to share their talent with an audience…it’s really those performance opportunities that allow the kids to grow the very most," said Vasconcelos. "Building confidence in young people to share their love of singing and performing is the focus of our work at Mecca. We want kids to develop the skills and talents that will allow them to feel confident enough to share their voice in many different situations."
Anyone who enjoys live music will find something to love in the concert, as it has a little something for everybody, Vasconcelos said.
"It’s just such a positive and uplifting experience, and you get to hear lots of different musical styles," Vasconcelos said. "We hope the community comes out and enjoys it."
On Broadway 11, celebrating 15 years of Mecca in Brandon will take place March 22 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for students and children, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults, and are available at the door for rush seating.
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