Do you have a favourite musical? If so, there is a strong possibility that this year’s SMUS musical will showcase that one song that transports you back to the moment a toe-tapping melody lifted your spirits or a particular solo tugged at your heartstrings. This year’s SMUS Revue ‘22 is a celebration spanning generations of all things musical, and is a perfect tribute to our Jubilee year.
Since my arrival here at SMUS in 2007, I have yet to miss a Senior or Middle School musical and they have never disappointed me. I am always so impressed by the quality of the production and have to remind myself that these are not paid professionals, but rather young people guided by our committed faculty, displaying their passion in the truest sense and, in doing so, displaying an excellence within them that cannot be tapped in any other way.
I have no doubt this was the vision of those involved in the early years of establishing the SMUS musical as an extension of an arts supported education. Along with learning and practicing their craft in the performing arts, whether it be acting, dancing, singing or playing their instrument in the pit orchestra, perhaps the greatest benefit of this production is the way it fosters and contributes to the building of community.
The musicals, depending on that year’s selection, typically bring together between 100-150 students across grade levels over the course of several months, culminating in a three or four-show run attended by not only parents, students and friends, but also students and community members within Greater Victoria. It is truly a celebration of art and excellence.
If our experience in the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need ways in which we can come together safely to share experiences, create memories, and support one another’s endeavours. As we begin to enjoy some eased restrictions, the SMUS musical is a fitting way to begin the journey back to enjoying each other's company, while we lose ourselves in the rhythms and melodies of song. We invite you to join us and become part of this legacy.
You can watch a video about the history of musical theatre at SMUS to learn more, and purchase tickets from the Royal McPherson Box Office.