By Will Colford, SnowSeekers Inc.
Shaking off the cold, they stood backstage in high spirits, waiting to go on. The University of Lethbridge Women’s Choir were about to sing the official community theme song – composed by Gregory Charles – There’s a Light.
“It a great song and is a lot of fun compared to what we usually sing,” said Naggie Ambler. “You can tell time really went into creating it, and having sections in both English and French speaks to our Canadian identity.”
The ladies recognize the prestige of being selected for the song. “Having the flame come to Lethbridge is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but then to be selected to sing the official community song for our community is just indescribable,” says Ambler.
But then, it may not be all that surprising for a choir from the University to be selected to represent a community it is such a big part of. The University of Lethbridge is – to put it simply – involved. Southern Alberta is a sports centric region, and the facilities at the University hold every major elementary, high school, and semi-professional sporting event south of Calgary.
However, the University contributes in another major way, and is largely responsible for giving Lethbridge and Southern Alberta such a strong arts scene.
“Not only are the fine arts a huge part of the program, but the University exposes Lethbridge and Southern Alberta to five new forms of theatre every year,” said Alexa Shapiro, a current student of the theatre program. “Very shortly, the theatre program is putting on a rendition of the musical, Hair. For a Southern Alberta community, Hair should raise a few eyebrows.
As the Women’s Choir finishes a heart-felt and melodic rendition of There’s a Light, it’s apparent that light in Lethbridge is due in no small part to the University and its students.
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