Rock of Ages

St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School presents “Rock of Ages”



By Ron Giofu


Big hair, big bands and 80’s music was on full display over the weekend at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School.

The Villanova Players presented the first weekend of “Rock of Ages,” the high school edition of the show featuring life on the Sunset Strip, efforts to save a famed club and some personal relationships at the same time.

The show has been worked on for much of the 2017-18 school year.

“We had auditions in October and started rehearsing in November,” said Owen Bortolin, who plays “Drew Boley,” one of the lead characters.

Rehearsals have been taking place several times per week but have intensified recently to where they went until 9:30 p.m., added Jessica Amyotte, who plays one of the villains “Hilda Klineman.”

“It’s all for the greater good,” Amyotte said of the late rehearsals. “It’s been really fun.”

Both Bortolin and Amyotte said they enjoy performing in front of the crowds.

“It’s cool to listen to the music our parents listened to compared to what we are listening to,” said Amyotte.

“The show really pleases the older crowd,” Bortolin added.

Bortolin added while acting and singing may not be his career, he still would like to do so on a recreational basis. Amyotte added if she doesn’t perform full-time, she would still like to find ways to stay active in the theatre.

“I really enjoy doing this,” she added.

The show features a wide range of students helping out including on-stage performers, singers, a pit band, backstage crew, set designers, dancers, tech people, a production team and video and graphics students.

“Rock of Ages” continues this weekend in St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School’s Festival Theatre with shows Thursday-Saturday, all at 7 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $8 while Friday and Saturday ticket prices are $12 for adults and students, $8 for seniors and children 6-12 while children under six are free.

Skate Amherstburg expresses thanks for the support of recent ice show


Skate Amherstburg would like to take this chance to thank everyone who volunteered their time and helped to make our 45th Annual Ice Show a great success! A production of this size is no small task and we could not have done it without each one of our volunteers support.

Family members from our CanSkate through STARSkate programs as well as the wonderful staff from our TD branch helped in setting up, tearing down, ticket sales, dressing room supervision,, music playing, announcing and the list goes on and on! With so many jobs to be done to ensure that the show runs smoothly we are so thankful to have such amazing people on whom we can rely.

Skate Amherstburg is expressing thanks for the support of the April 3 "Rock of Ages" ice show at the Libro Centre.

Skate Amherstburg is expressing thanks for the support of the April 3 “Rock of Ages” ice show at the Libro Centre.

Our ice show, “Rock of Ages,” was held on April 3 at the Libro Centre. The performing skaters ranged from tiny CanSkate participants who are just starting out to our Adult Synchro Team who have honed their skills and are a real treat to watch perform. Each one of our skaters have accomplished so much this year, including many badges passed, tests passed, and medals won. Our ice show is a great way to showcase all of the efforts each and every skater has made this year to improve their skating skills.

A big thank you to all those who attended the show and supported the club as well as the skaters; they are lucky to have so many fans! We are very proud of all of our ice show participants who skated beautifully and thoroughly entertained our audience. Our skaters rocked “Rock of Ages”! We look forward to putting together another great show next year!

If you would like to get involved with skating, visit for more info. You can also “like” Skate Amherstburg on Facebook for pictures and updates throughout the year.


—Submitted by Lynn Fox, Skate Amherstburg president

Skate Amherstburg holds 45th annual ice carnival


By RTT Staff


Skate Amherstburg held its 45th annual ice carnival last Sunday with “Rock of Ages” being the theme.


Held at the Libro Centre, the large crowd watched as skaters from all levels and abilities took to the ice. Nine solo skaters performed as did a number of duets and groups. Everyone from the Canskaters right up to the Skate Amherstburg Starlights and Diamond Divas participated.


The Sheila Trealeaven Bursary Award was also presented as part of the show. This year’s recipient was Johanna Gibb.

In all, there were 17 performances in a nearly two hour show. More photos will be available through our social media feeds in the coming days.

Skate Amherstburg presenting annual ice carnival this Sunday



By RTT Staff


It’s time for the best and brightest from Skate Amherstburg to shine.

Skate Amherstburg will be presenting its 45th annual ice carnival this Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The theme of the local figure skating show will be “Rock of Ages.”

The show is being sponsored by TD Canada Trust and Hydro One.

Tickets are being sold at the club office Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and at the door starting at 1 p.m. Tickets sold at the door will be available if the arena capacity has not been reached with the seating capacity being 600.

Adults are $8, ages 4-12 are $5 and children in a lap are free.

The show starts at 2 p.m. and is expected to last two hours. Doors open at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit