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Grand finale

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Songbirds Ashley Vitz, Rebecca Beyers and Sandy Gibbens hone their singing skills during Thursday's practice session at the Lark Theatre in preparation of the 25th anniversary performance of "Salute to Broadway: Clay County Style," April 30, May 1-2. [Order this photo]
* Theatre group to close season with musical

By JASON MOON

Managing Editor

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In preparation of the 25th anniversary performance of "Salute to Broadway: Clay County Style," Lee Reberger and Carol McConnell croon a romantic tune together Thursday at the Lark Theatre. [Order this photo]
For 25 years, the Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc., has been providing area residents plenty to cheer about.

And on April 30, May 1-2, the theatre group will offer up its final production of the season.

The group will perform "Salute to Broadway: Clay County Style," during the three days.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the shows starting at 7:30 each evening. Reservations are necessary and tickets cost $25 per person, which includes a full buffet.

Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc., Board President and musical director Lee Reberger said those in attendance will get to hear several Broadway classics.

"There must be at least snippets, verses or choruses from approximately 60-70 songs," Reberger said. "We have everything from music from Tin Pan Alley in the 20s and 30s to songs appearing on Broadway even today."

Reberger said several classics will be performed during the performances, including tunes from "Oklahoma," "The Fantastics," "Peter Pan," "My Fair Lady," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Cats."

A total of 23 performers will be on stage the three nights, including three women who have deep roots with the theatre group. Back for the upcoming performance after long absences will be Kandace Brown, Dava Boor and Tammy Emmert, along with others who have been performing throughout the years.

Auditions for the musical took place in March, but Reberger said everybody that showed up for auditions has a role.

"If you show up, you're in it," he said. "Everybody gets to do something."

In addition, stage lights will be handled by three individuals and Reberger said approximately eight volunteers will help serve meals and "take care of audience members."

Reberger added Steve McCullough will accompany the singers on the piano. McCullough also performed with the theatre group during its Christmas Show and has played in several shows during the past 25 years.

Reberger said the group has attempted to perform at least one musical revue since its inception.

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Songbird Tammy Emmert, along with her 8-month-old daughter Evelyn, and pianist Steve McCullough practiced the Broadway show tune "People Will Say We're In Love" Thursday night at the Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc. [Order this photo]
"Usually, we try to do one because it allows us to put anyone that wants to be on stage," he said. "It also allows us to focus on one style of music, one era, or a specific composer and highlight that aspect of music. And it's usually a crowd pleaser."


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My wife & I have always enjoyed the theatre here in Brazil. This show looks to be great judging from the video.

Does anyone know if Vince (I think his last name starts with a B and he had a print shop some time ago in town) is in this show? It was good to see him back for Calamity Jane. Would have liked to have seen some of the other old faces back.

Thanks to all of your talent, it is always a joy.

-- Posted by MichaelRoberts on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 11:46 PM

Video preview is a great idea!!!

Wife & I have always enjoyed the theater here in town. It was especially good to see some of the old faces back for Calamity Jane.

Does anyone know if Vince (the old print guy) is doing this next show? It was good to see him back. Would be nice to see some of the other old faces some more.

Thanks to all our local talent for their hard work.

-- Posted by MichaelRoberts on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 11:55 PM


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