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October 15, 2012

Community chorus going modern in 2 performances

Johnstown — The songs and dances of Broadway will be brought to life in two performances.

“Broadway: Here & Now” will be presented by Greater Johnstown Community Chorus at 7 p.m. Friday at This Is It, 1300 Frankstown Road, Johnstown, and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Westmont Hilltop Middle School, 827 Diamond Blvd., Westmont.

There will be selections from “West Side Story,” “The Lion King,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Wicked,” “Rent,” “Spring Awakening,” “Jersey Boys,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Rock of Ages” and “Anything Goes.”

Co-directors Mari Grace Lingenfelter and Christopher McAllister, who are high school music directors, have a passion for the music of contemporary Broadway.

“A lot of choirs do classical Broadway, like ‘The Sound of Music,’ but we wanted to bring more current music,” Lingenfelter said.

Lingenfelter and McCallister also made sure to mix in familiar tunes with all the new music they were introducing.

“Our choir members were intrigued by the knowledge of the new songs we brought them and seemed interested,” Lingenfelter said.

“Walk Like a Man” from “Jersey Boys” will be sung by the guys in the group.

Guest soloists will be Jeff Webb, head of the music department and choral director at Pitt-Johnstown, and Emily Felton, who has had the lead in some of Lingenfelter’s musicals.

Webb will perform “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from “Guys and Dolls,” and Felton will perform “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” from “Anything Goes.”

The chorus will add a little dance to its songs with performances by members of Le Dance Academie.

Chorus member Anita Lorek is instructor at the dance studio and will lead the dancers.

The troupe’s featured songs will be “Dancing Queen” from “Mama Mia” and “Song of the Purple Summer” from “Spring Awakening.”

They also will tap dance to some other songs as the chorus sings.

Toe-tapping tunes

What: “Broadway: Here & Now,” presented by Greater Johnstown Community Chorus.

When: 7 p.m. Friday at This Is It, 1300 Frankstown Road, Johnstown, and 7 p.m. Saturday at Westmont Middle School, 827 Diamond Blvd., Westmont.

Tickets: $8 at the door or $6 in advance from chorus members.

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