A little Disney magic came to Barriere Secondary School’s Grad Fashion Show this year.
Jody Schilling, chair of Barriere Secondary’s Dry Grad Committee, said the grads put on a true show for the audience last Thursday, May 5. The first half of the night saw re-enactments of several classic Disney scenes while on the runway, grads strutted to tunes from Disney movies.
“It actually evolved from a traditional fashion show. The whole gist was we had our emcees on a couch trying to decide what movies to watch on Disney Plus,” Schilling said. “In the second half, we had a fashion show using Disney songs with the grads dressing in their own flair.”
Nineteen grads participated in the event, which drew 180 people. Between ticket sales and a silent auction, using 35 donated items from local businesses, Schilling said the grads raised $3,800 on top of the $14,000 they’d already raised through other fundraising events.
She said the grads really enjoyed the opportunity to put on the show, with smiles on their faces onstage and backstage.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to do a fashion show, just because of COVID, so it was well received. It’s kind of a tradition in Barriere, the grads doing this, and people look forward to it. It was an entertaining evening and I got a lot of comments after that people thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Wanda Nystoruk said they appreciated all the donations of items for the auction and the generous bidders.
“We only had about three weeks to put it together as COVID rules changed allowing us to do it,” she said in an email. “They did amazing. Many laughs. Much cheering. Loud applause. Great fun.”
Schilling said the grad class will be heading to Revelstoke after graduation for a day of white water rafting. Any leftover money will be used to pay for suit and dress rentals for the dinner and dance.