The Cariboo Festival Honours Concert was a delightful evening of entertainment featuring a variety of performances in piano, speech arts, musical theatre, classical voice, violin, fiddle and choir.
The concert produced lots of applause for all performers, some great laughs for some musical theatre and speech arts presentations and a rare standing ovation for one young competitor who will be joining the group selected by the adjudicators to attend the Performing Arts BC provincial festival in Kamloops May 28 to June 1.
Morgan Fraser amazed the audience with his rendition of ‘O Sole Mio sung in Italian with the flare and delivery one might expect from any of the great male Italian opera singers. Fraser will compete in the classical voice section of the provincial festival.
Paul Noble, who will compete in the Intermediate Musical Theatre category at provincials and Keziah Froese, who will attend the provincial festival as an observer in Intermediate Classical Voice and Intermediate Musical Theatre, delivered a delightful rendition of the song Sue Me from the musical Guys and Dolls.
Meaghan Amos, who sang Quiet by Minchin, will attend the provincial festival as the Junior Classical Voice Competitor.
Kiera Dyer, who recited her poem On the Tree Tops was selected to attend the provincial festival as a Speech Arts Observer.
Destiny Watson, who sang Far from the Home I Love by Bock will attend the provincial festival as the Junior B Musical Theatre competitor.
Eloise Hobi, who did not perform Saturday, was chosen to attend the provincial festival as the Junior B Musical Theatre Observer/Alternate
The delegates chosen to attend the provincial festival in June were announced at the end of the Honours Concert held Saturday evening at the Cariboo Bethel Church and opened with Quintet Plus leading the audience in the singing of O’ Canada and their winning festival entry Sing. The Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers were the only other large group to perform, giving the audience a hint of what is to come later this week when they stage their musical The Life of a Fiddle at the Gibraltar Room.
In between performances some of the perpetual awards and bursaries were presented to performers.
Others awards were presented during the competition portion of the Cariboo Festival which took place in various venues around Williams Lake between April 20 and 28.
Lions First Year of Study: Scarlett Johnston
Woodland Jewellers Junior Piano: Austin McAlister
H.J. Martin: Nattanan Kiatsirikulthorn
Gail Carson Romantic Competition: Not Awarded in 2017
Sommer Ivory Keys: Thomas Kaiser
Senior Piano Competition: Not Awarded in 2017
Junior Baroque: Ethan Prest
Intermediate Baroque: Lauryn Marklinger
Junior Classical: Austin McAlister
Intermediate Classical: Lauryn Marklinger
Junior Romantic: Micaiah Taylor
Junior Contemporary: Adrien Zimmerman
Intermediate Contemporary: Nattanan Kiatsirikulthorn
Junior Canadian: Emma Paterson
Intermediate Canadian: Samantha Martin
Junior Solo: Sarah Taylor
Intermediate Solo: Isaac Lauren
Ensemble Award: Lucia Johnston and Ellie Imerzeel
Family Ensemble: Bethany and Chloe Nairn
Student/Teacher Ensemble: Ella Thiessen and Keziah Froese
Junior Contemporary Idioms:Thomas Kaiser
Intermediate Contemporary Idioms: Lauryn Marklinger
Junior Supplementary: James Sterne
Primary Concert Class Award: Not Awarded in 2017
Junior A Scholarship: Eloise Hobi
Junior B Scholarship: Meaghan Amos
Intermediate Scholarship: Morgan Fraser
Senior Scholarship: Not awarded in 2017
Primary Musical Theatre Award: Not Awarded in 2017
Musical Theatre/Production Junior A Scholarship: Eloise Hobi
Musical Theatre/Production Junior B Scholarship: Destiny Watson
Musical Theatre/Production Intermediate Scholarship: Paul Noble
Kiwanis High Point School Choir: Maranatha Gr K-1
Kiwanis High Point Choir: Quintet Plus
Kiwanis Choral Directorship: Elise Neufeld
Acorn Encouragement: Madelyn Feist, Cassius Ford
Alexandra Babbel Honourable Mention: Jordyn D’Appolonia, Hannah Cheek, Julia Ziegler, Maryclaire Snowball
Summer Intensive Training Program by Opera Kelowna Society: Keziah Froese
Rotary Best Band: Lake City Secondary School Grade 11/12 Concert Band
McDonald Challenge: Mackenzie Magnowski
Instrumental Bursary: Jaxen Voth
Guitar Seller Bursaries: Katie Isaac, Paul Noble
Tuba John Encouragement Awards: Lucia Johnston, Olivia Rowse, Kate Neufeld, Amelia Burrell
Old Time Fiddlers Ensemble Bursary: Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society
Bill Downey Award: Scarlett Johnston
Orchestra North Scholarships: Bethany Nairn
E.G. Woodland Bursary: Amy Hanson
Adjudicator’s Choice Most Promising Student: Allison McKinnon
Best Overall in Speech Arts: Kiera Dyer
Creativity Award: Joshua Noble
Best Overall Secondary Drama: Not awarded in 2017
Best Overall Elementary Drama: Big Lake Elementary School
Best Overall in Elementary Choral Speech: Maranatha Grade K-1
Best Overall in Public Speaking: Not Awarded in 2017