During this difficult time, it’s nice when something positive comes along. And this beautiful performance of Hero by Mariah Carey featuring the cast or characters from Schitt’s Creek is one of those things that will make you feel good about the world.
To celebrate our teachers, or – as Moira Rose puts it – our preceptors or scholastic skippers – the group performs a delightful rendition of Hero by Mariah Carey, with a surprise appearance by the diva herself.
In their YouTube Originals video, Dear Class of 2020, all of the key characters are back via a Zoom meeting to perform an a capella version of this beautiful and inspirational song.
And they do a lovely job!
But, beyond the singing and the message, what I love most about this is that it’s not just the “cast” of Schitt’s creek performing this song, it’s the cast of characters that we’ve grown to know and love over the 6 seasons of this unique Canadian comedy.
If you have not yet had the chance to explore the world of the Roses as they move their once-privileged family to a small town after their empire crumbles, I highly recommend that you check it out! Plus, you should probably just watch the video and stop reading this post now, because there are plenty of show-related spoilers ahead.
For those who have seen the show, you’ll fully understand what I mean by all of the following commentary.
Moira Rose is in classic form, with her enhanced and often outrageous vocabulary. And the plug for her movie “The Crows Have Eyes 3” was not too shabby.
Johnny Rose remains the steadfast Johnny Rose that we all know and love.
David Rose enters the fray with a bang due to a sound issue.
And Alexis Rose is, well… she’s just A Little Bit Alexis.
They are joined by some other key members of the Schitt’s Creek family including Patrick, Stevie, The Jazzagals, and – of course – what Schitt’s creek reunion would be complete without Ray??
There are little things throughout that reflect how well the cast manages to remain in character throughout their Zoomy performance, including one quick conversation between David and his husband Patrick, questioning why they can’t just use the same computer.
Patrick sloughs off the question as being a simple matter of acoustics, although we all know that Patrick – in character – would probably want his own computer anyway because David is David.
Stevie pipes in with a “Do I really have to do this?” as if she doesn’t realize that everyone can hear her. Very in keeping with Stevie’s character.
And then the singing begins.
For anyone who has watched the show, you are already aware of Patrick’s dulcet tones, as he used them a few times throughout the series.
The rest of the group provides a lovely a capella accompaniment. Then Twyla jumps in on the chorus, and I can’t be the only one to be surprised by what a truly lovely voice she has. I think the show could have done a better job of showcasing that talent, but if you have to find one flaw with Schitt’s Creek, not showcasing enough of someone’s talent is probably a decent one.
Everybody remains perfectly in character throughout the song. And then things take an unexpected turn (at least for the Rose family and friends – we all know it’s coming) when Mariah Carey herself pops in – complete with her own wind machine – at the very end to help close out the song.
David, of course, reacts dramatically with the exclamation “I think I’m having a heart attack!”
But each and every reaction is worth watching.
There’s even a call-out to the work-from-home life as Mariah’s children invade her appearance in the group.
When Mariah serenades David directly, he collapses, falls out of frame and yells out “I love you!” This is especially fun because it was a key point in one of the episodes where David admits to Patrick that he’s never said “I love you” to anyone before, except to his parents (twice in one night) and once at a Mariah Carey concert.
But what some people may not have even noticed, are the super-subtle touches.
Watch the video again and pay attention to Patrick’s Zoom screen when David drops off the couch. You can see him leaving the frame as if to run to the living room to check on David in his exaggerated state.
So much fun, and so very much in keeping with the exquisite fun that was 6 seasons of Schitt’s Creek.