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Troupe to honor America

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Community members practice for the upcoming production of "An American Songbook," which features a variety of songs celebrating patriotism and freedom. The show is Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Community Theatre of Clay County. [Order this photo]
Pride, patriotism, diversity, home, hope and freedom.

"An American Songbook," the Community Theatre of Clay County's next production, celebrates and reflects these words.

The show will take place Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. The show will be a dessert theater beginning at 6:30 p.m., with music beginning at 7:15.

The Choral Revue includes music from the United States' beginning to the music of today. Musicians include Marilyn Burdsall, John Hook, Kevin McCrea and Mitch Chalos. The fast-paced production includes 18 singers performing solos, duets and group numbers.

"We have songs dating back to the late 1800s up to the present," Director Lee Reberger said. "It's a very interesting and entertaining blend of many different styles of music over a long period of time."

Songs from the past include "Long, Long Ago," "Stage Door Canteen," "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen," "The Band Played On" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Armed service numbers such as "Over There," "Marine's Hymn," "Anchor's Aweigh" and "The U.S. Air Force" will be presented. Also, more modern songs to be performed include "God Bless the USA," "From a Distance" and "Letters from War."

"It is a very entertaining mix of musical styles," Reberger said. "It keeps your attention as we go through quite a few melody formats."

Tickets are $15 per person and are available by contacting Lisa Beyers at 442-6909. Reservations must be made in advance of the performance dates.

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