Voices raised for reunion in foothills
It all began, says Nevada City singer Brielle Morgan, in 1995 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, when 24 singers (Morgan included) came from across the country to be a part of the College Light Opera Company, otherwise known as “boot camp for singers.”
And no wonder. The company churns out nine shows a summer, rehearsing one by day while performing another at night.
Along with that valuable performance experience came the forging of many lifelong friendships.
Saturday, five of the singers cum friends from those days come together in Grass Valley to perform in “Seasons of Love” along with another friend of Morgan’s: Jason Antone, a Billboard recording artist hailing from Chicago where he and Morgan met in 1992 at DePaul University.
The program is eclectic, ranging from familiar musical theater standards to some lesser known repertoire, from “West Side Story” to “Rent” and from solos through duets to group numbers.
Morgan says although they are all serious singers they expect to have fun. “With live theater, there’s always some (improvisation),” she said. “And often those make the best stories to laugh abut later.”
The singers will be backed by musicians who are well-known in the community: Bob Villwock, Charlie Faber, Gary Campus and Jerry Grant, all directed by Ken Hardin who also play piano accompaniment.
“This is a labor of love for me,” said Morgan. “I’ve been dreaming of a musical reunion like this for ten years. This year I decided to stop dreaming and just make it happen.
“The best musical moments of my life have been shared with these singers. When people have great chemistry, it comes across to the audience, and that energy is what will make this such a special night for everyone who will be there.”
Four of the “boot camp” singers – Christine Enderle, Erin Berkowitz, Jodi Darling and José Snook – moved to New York City together and eventually ended up working at renowned theater companies and performing in national tours of Broadway shows; all four now live in other parts of the country.
Morgan teamed up with another local singer, Lorraine Gervais, to produced this show, the first, says Morgan, of many vocally focused shows to come, including a tribute to Cole Porter, Sept. 21 at Miners Foundry. Wine and desserts will be available for purchase Saturday.
Know & Go
“Seasons of Love”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley
Admission: $20; reservations in advance by calling Brielle Morgan at 265-6427 or at the door.
Call 265-6427 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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