Members of the Canadian Forces will unleash a blazing musical theatre performance on national television in the coming week. “Supersonic”, the glee club composed of Royal Canadian Air Force Band members based at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Man., will take the stage on the reality TV show Canada Sings with a dazzling demonstration of singing, dancing and the ability to captivate.
The episode featuring Supersonic is scheduled to air on May 22 on Global Television.
“We’re very proud of how everyone worked together for this performance,” said Captain John Fullerton, RCAF Band commanding officer. “We haven’t seen what the final production looks like on TV, but we hope all CF members and their families will tune in when it airs.”
The Canada Sings television series challenges ordinary Canadians to form singing groups or glee clubs with their co-workers. Episodes feature a showdown between two teams with a cash prize awarded to each team’s chosen charity or cause. The band chose to support the Soldier On and Military Families Funds.
Like most reality shows, much of the filming occurred months before the episode is broadcast on television. Production crews were in Winnipeg in February during initial rehearsals to capture the human interest side of the RCAF glee club and to see the day-to-day business at 17 Wing.
The club then refined their vocals and choreography for another month before producers flew them to Toronto in March for a live performance at the famed John W.H. Bassett Theatre.
“Each member in the RCAF band is a musician by trade, so to work with a world-famous vocal coach and choreographer was essentially bonus training for us,” said Capt Fullerton. “The long hours put into representing the CF on national television helped strengthen our team along with our music and performance skills.”
During the Canada Sings episode, the 13-member RCAF glee club competed against the Peel Children’s Aid society for a chance to win up to $25,000 for the cause or charity of their choice. The members of Supersonic were happy to have the Support Our Troops envelope of funds selected to receive any cash prizes.
During the pre-show trip to Toronto, the team rehearsed on-stage and prepared themselves for the upcoming show. They received professional wardrobe, makeup and hair assistance before going in front of the cameras to deliver their performance on stage in front of a live audience.
For more information on Support our Troops funds such as Soldier On and the Military Families Fund visit: www.SupportingOurTroops.ca.