Following the show in Prince Rupert, BC, Living Legends packed up their costumes and equipment and headed to Ketchikan, AK. The students left Canada with memories, tender mercies, and miracles on more than one occasion and looked forward to the new adventures awaiting them in Alaska.
During the second full week of tour, Living Legends traveled deeper into the beautiful forests and lakes in British Columbia, as they pioneered new territory for BYU performing groups.
Living Legends continued through Kamloops and Prince George, performing for full houses and enthusiastic audiences.
Performing in Merritt at the invitation of a former member of Living Legends, in a period of 24 hours the group was able to present two school assemblies, a performance, and a fireside. The assemblies almost never happened when the brakes went out on the truck containing all the costumes and equipment. It was a tender mercy that on this particular day the truck was traveling ahead of the bus, which was very unusual. A hectic transfer of essential costumes from the truck to the bus on the side of a dusty, busy highway allowed the performers to arrive just in time for the assembly. A miraculous roadside repair allowed the truck to catch up to the group with remaining equipment for the evening performance. The community flocked to the night show, filling every seat and commenting afterward about the costumes, dancing, music, scenic elements…but mostly about the spirit that they felt. It did seem that the horizon looked a little brighter over the town of Merritt as the bus headed out of town early the next morning.
Living Legends continued through Kamloops and Prince George, performing for full houses and enthusiastic audiences. Following the Prince George performance the students overnighted in two different towns so that they could do two early morningsides for the seminary students in those areas.
When a last minute change in the ferry schedule to an earlier time threatened the show in Prince Rupert, once again the faith and prayers of the group and sponsors worked miracles and the departure was changed to midnight, allowing the group to do both an assembly and an evening performance.
The assembly proved to be especially important for these local high school students. Following a 50 minute presentation of colorful energetic numbers from the show, two of the Native American Living Legends talked to the students about education and goals. They shared their own stories of humble beginnings and following their dreams. These energetic high school students sat completely still and there was not a sound as the spirit filled that gym and made it a sacred place. Afterwards a teacher said with great emotion, “So many of our students feel they have no hope for a brighter future or a reason to stay in school. To hear your young Native Americans share their struggles along the way and still succeed will make all the difference for these kids and the decisions that they will make in their lives.”
Over 400 people from that small town attended that evening performance. Originally disappointed that their beautiful community theatre was not available, Living Legends realized that having the performance in the local community gym instead turned out to be the most comfortable and familiar setting for the mostly Native American audience.
Following the show in Prince Rupert, BC, the group quickly packed up their costumes and equipment and headed to the overnight ferry that would take them to Ketchikan, AK. The students left Canada with memories, tender mercies, and miracles on more than one occasion and looked forward to the new adventures awaiting them in Alaska.
Source: Performing Arts Management