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Law Show 2003
by Dave Rechlo
It is a well-known truism that we quasi-lawyers are a talented bunch, a topic to which I alluded to often in previous articles in Canons. Yet again, I find myself intrigued by the range of talents and abilities of the individuals in this faculty. It may sometimes seem that many of our talents are restricted to salacious activity or debauchery brought on by the multifarious law parties. This, however, is simply not so. Every year the students, Faculty, legal community and the general public get the chance to witness a grand display of our true, sometimes hidden, talents. The venue -- Law Show 2003.
The theme for this year's Law Show was "The Days of Our Law." The show revolved around the life of the main character, Tony Mineiro, one of the first alumni's of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. The show starts with Tony Mineiro (played by Mark Christiensen) and his wife, Midgy (played by Lindsey Keale). When Tony receives a letter from the Faculty of Law Graduation Committee asking him to give a speech at the upcoming ceremony, our two main characters take the audience through a comedic, allegoric look at how law has influenced the life of Tony Mineiro. In various flashbacks to different eras of Tony's life, the audience is regaled with countless humorous tales of the "good old days."
There were a total of four sketches, each of which represented an era or point in our main character's life. The first sketch was entitled "Ocean's Seven" and was about an infamous heist of CANs in the early days of the law school. The second, entitled "Superheroes," was about the superhero protectors of our Constitution pitted against the forces of evil that try to steal the Constitution away from us. The third sketch, "SLS," was about jive-talking and working at student legal services during the 1970's. The final sketch was entitled, "Mockey," and was about the greatest Moot Court Competition ever held between the University of Alberta's Moot Court Champion, Mockey, and a new competitor from Russia named Drago.
Although it is extremely difficult to do justice to each individual character in the space provided, it shall suffice to say that each performance was incredible. Each character added a personal touch to the sketches that made for a truly endearing experience. As well, the special appearances by Dean Percy, Associate Dean Litman and Professor Hopp were exquisite, to say the least.
Each play was followed by a dance/singing routine depicting the era of the sketch. The audience was therefore privy to a 50s number, entitled "Boogie Woogie Barrister," a 60s number entitled "That Sixties Show," a 70s number, "Chasing the Nine/Stayin' Alive," and an 80s number based on the song "Footloose." The dancers were an amazing, graceful bunch whose fluid moves and outrageous costumes tantalized the audience, and the singers' perfectly honed voices and well-crafted lyrics added the perfect touch to the evening.
The music for the show was provided by none other than a group of nine stellar looking individuals called Bandemus who were led by the relentless Graham Kay. Much of this band was together for last year's show, and a few new members decided to join the foray for this year's show. Yet again, Mr. Kay put together an enticing score of mellifluous music to accompany the dancers and singers. My Bandemus brothers and sisters, your musicianship over the past months still leaves this guitarist flummoxed in awe.
In all, Law Show 2003 was a definite success. This year, the impressive funds raised will be going to support KARA, an association dedicated to assisting families in need. By giving selflessly, the students are making a definite impact on the lives of the less fortunate. The event is put on by amateur performers, yet its professionalism is second to none. Anyone involved with Law Show will tell you that it is one of the most memorable experiences during their tenure in Law School. I most definitely feel the same and would highly recommend it to those of you considering participating next year.
Written by Dave Rechlo