Families and kids of all ages will enjoy Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The production is a collaboration between the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.
Enjoy an evening of Disney favorites, including classic Disney songs from "Mary Poppins," "Pete's Dragon," "Snow White," and more contemporary favorites like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Tarzan," and "Hercules." This musical extravaganza is fully costumed, with choreography and staging by Theatre Arts Professor Missy Barnes and musical direction by Music Professor Paul E. Oakley.
"Working with such a large group of people to create this production has been an exciting experience. Many Catawba students, faculty, and staff members have devoted significant amounts of time to design and create our production. In addition to the many who are constructing the physical elements, it has been gratifying to work with students from a variety of academic disciplines throughout the rehearsal process," explained Theatre Arts Professor Missy Barnes.
Music Professor Paul E. Oakley said of the extravaganza, "The genius of Walt Disney has inspired many composers to create some of the most beloved songs in American popular music history. From generation to generation the songs from Disney movies and musicals are sung in families. Catawba College is using the format of a 1960s television variety show to present an evening of song and dance based on the music of great Disney favorites. We are offering an evening of these most popular tunes with elegant staging, beautiful costumes and stunning choreography. Catawba's auditioned concert choir, The Catawba Singers, will be featured in the concert which includes the Catawba Madrigal Ensemble and the Catawba Children's Chorus.
"From the high energy of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "Be Our Guest" to the quiet beauty of "Candle on the Water" and "Circle of Life," the program includes music for the child in all of us, and for children of all ages. Families can come to Keppel Auditorium for an evening of splendid entertainment that will delight the youngest and eldest member of the family," Oakley continued. "Our goal is to sell-out Keppel Auditorium three times for this dynamic performance. It would be wise to order you tickets today!"
Student performers featured in "An Evening of Magical Song" include Michael Proctor of High Point; Caitlin Becka of Wilmington; Cassie Bell of Leonardtown, Md.; Brad Boaz of Gastonia; Nicole Bowles of Monroe; Kat Campagna of Watertown, Conn.; Corey Cellurale of Lewes, Del.; Jaclyn Chapman of Leonardtown, Md.; Sandy Ciborowski of Woodbine, Md.; Andrea Clabaugh of York, Pa.; Chris Clowers of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; Lonnie Coleman of Rougemont; Canaan Cox of Hendersonville; Jennifer Drake of Mechanicsville, Md.; Nicole Durant of Fairview; Jordan Ellis of Shelby; Chris Fink of Hendersonville; Katie Haeuser of Robert, La.; Autumn Hamilton of Conyers, Ga.; Lori Hamrick of Salisbury; Carrie Harris of Asheville; Mike Innis of Charlotte; Mason Jewett of Arlington, Texas; J.J. Johnson of Mercersburg, Pa.; Stephanie Key of Richlands; Chase Kyles of Salisbury; Emily Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio; Justin Tyler Lewis of Knoxville, Tenn.; Shanna Locklair of Lewes, Del.; Christopher Lunetta of Middleboro, Mass.; Vanessa Malanga of Rutherfordton; Jacob McClain of Williamsburg, Va.; Amber McCleerey of Hendersonville; Yolanda McClure of Eden; Meghan McLaughlin of Owings Mills, Md.; Quinn McRae of Hendersonville; Zach McRae of Hendersonville; Rachel Mehaffey of Leonardtown, Md.; Erica Mickey of Thomasville; Matthew Newton of Holly Springs; Mary Alice Nichols of Conyers, Ga.; Josh Owen of East Bend; Matt Patrick of Trinity, Fla.; Christine Plough of Matthews; Kaitlyn Pogue of Statesville; Zach Roe of Connelly Springs; Sheldon Rogers of Waxhaw; Alyssa Roth of Salisbury; Paul Saylor of Isle of Palms, S.C.; Jennifer Schultz of Alexandria, Minn.; Jesse Siak of Hendersonville; Danielle Smith of Charlotte; Caitlin Springs of Santa Clara, Calif.; Mara Stewart of Hurricane, W.Va.; Bianca Stokes of Kannapolis; Dustin Sullivan of Monroe; Alec Thompson of Salisbury; Kat Tierney of Smyrna, Ga.; David Troutman of Concord; Kristopher Watson of Voorhees, N.J.; Rob White of Mechanicsville, Md.; Molly Williams of Galax, Va.; and Felicia Youngblood of King.
Crew members include Jared Kenish of Glassboro, N.J., producer and assistant lighting designer; Justin Duncan of Raeford, stage manager; Meghan Schneider of Berlin, Conn., and Jen Short of Jersey City, N.J., assistant stage managers; and Zack Lynch of Selbyville, Del., assistant director and assistant choreographer.
Tickets to "An Evening of Magical Song" are $10 for children/students/senior citizens and $12 for adults and available through the Catawba College Box Office at (704) 637-4481 or available for purchase online at www.showtix4u.com.
PHOTOS: Rehearsals and Construction of a Magical Set
PHOTOS: Preview of "An Evening of Magical Song"