Annual Fashion Show fundraiser… Timeless

Barriere's Annual Fashion Show fundraiser... Timeless

Kathy Cooper and Mary MacLellan travel back in time to check out the history of the 2012 Grads.

Kathy Cooper and Mary MacLellan travel back in time to check out the history of the 2012 Grads.

Barriere Secondary School’s 2012 graduating class presented the school’s annual Fashion Show on Mar. 8, in the gymnasium. The two- and-a-half hour extravaganza drew a large crowd that filled the gym to capacity. The graduates, with the help of many volunteers and support from the community, presented the event assisted by grad moms Kristine Luison and Bernadine Peters, as the main coordinators of the show.   Everyone did an amazing job in staging this multi-faceted presentation.

The first half of the show’s theme was ‘History In The Making’, a clever idea that kept the audience applauding and laughing. It began with cave people rushing out on the stage trying to light a fire – and from then on it moved forward in time through well-known periods of history, advanced by two scientists in a time capsule (volunteers Mary MacLellan and Kathy Cooper) to Barriere’s 2012 graduation time.

Speaking about the volunteers in the time capsule Luison said, “The two women did a great job; because just one week before the event the two teachers who had volunteered for the position declined to take part.”

The show’s costumes were amazing, each one featuring a particular era in times past that were easily recognized by the audience. “We did not rent any costumes,” said Luison, “Some items were borrowed and Bernadine Peters made several outfits by hand.  Any items needed were bought inexpensively at local stores.  Bernadine did a wonderful job, we can’t thank her enough.”

A short intermission gave everyone another chance to bid again on the items local residents had donated for the grad Silent Auction fundraiser. It was very successful, and a 50/50 draw boosted the funding for the dry grad activities considerably. Snacks had been provided and were appreciated by everyone while they waited for the second part of the Fashion Show.

The stage was set for the formal part of the presentation, and the grads stepped out on the stage in elegant attire. They appeared as couples, the ladies in beautiful formal gowns and the escorts in stylish tuxedos. The students were introduced one at the time, and their plans and dreams for their future was also announced to the audience. Future plans ranged ranged from becoming a neurosurgeon to going to Australia for some exploration. For the grand finali the grads for 2012 lined up for a parade on the runway, where they received the crowd’s enthusiastic applause.

By all accounts, the 2012 Grad Fashion Show had been a success, an entertaining evening for the spectators and a job well done for those who had made it all happen.

“We want to say a huge thank you to the community for your support, to the parents who were patient and helpful, and most of all to the volunteers who helped to put on the show,” said Luison.