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August 21, 2013

By Sandy Lockhart

The Decades show at Deerhurst is a complete entertainment package for all ages. It features music and dance from the 1950s to 2013. Photograph: Deerhurst Resort/Decades

Deerhurst Resort’s Decades show is non-stop entertainment that has something for everyone.

LIVE at Deerhurst: Decades features music starting in the 1950s and going right up to today. The result is 70 songs and about 300 costume changes, as the seven performers sing, dance and play the music of countless popular entertainers.

From rock ’n’ roll to ballads, and rap to country, the 90-minute show moves quickly. Blink and you might miss something as the crew takes just one break, and it is well-deserved, considering the actionpacked show.

One minute it’s Rod Stewart’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, then Olivia Newton John’s Physical, and then there is a quick taste of the dancing of Saturday Night Fever. The costumes are entertaining and add to the show – and even more impressive when the fast changes are considered

The show is popular with all ages and fans return year after year.

“We’ve been coming for 10 years and never miss the show,” says concert-goer Susan Rudy from London. “I love the variety. They are great at everything they do, and the glimpses into the past make me feel young again.” 

Each year the show changes, with new numbers added and some favourites returned.

The crew also has a mix of newcomers and veterans. Natasha Lowe has been working in the Deerhurst show, on and off, for 10 years. 

As for performing, “Stevie is my favourite dance,” she says. 

Serge Charlebois, who studied at the Randolph Academy agrees. The Stevie Wonder number is his favourite too.

Kristen Long just joined the Decades crew this year. “It doesn’t seem like work,” she says, adding she’d love to perform the show every night. Party Rock Anthem is her favourite number.

Also in her first year is Monica Nowak, who lived in New York and England before working at Deerhurst. Her favourite part of the Decades show are the Michael Jackson numbers. “It’s the hardest to learn but also the most rewarding,” she says.

Musical director and performer Glen Bladon has been part of the Deerhurst live shows for more than 20 years. He enjoys the whole show but likes Hallelujah best. “It’s just Will (Main) and I and the raw music,” he says.

Daniel Cannis enjoys the Rod Stewart number. The leopard skin pants are fun,” he says. “But I like trying to find his voice – I spend a lot of time working on that, trying to match it.”

The show runs four nights per week in the summer but changes to just Wednesdays and Saturdays in the fall. Additional dates can be arranged for groups. Tickets are available from Deerhurst Resort.



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