Community Chorus


SRC Community Chorus

The SRC Community Chorus was established in 2005-06 by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Its purpose is to provide music education through rehearsal and performance of specific genres of music. The Chorus now has over 90 singers, musicians, and technicians and produces a minimum of two presentations each year.

Past performances include Handel’s MESSIAH; MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE; 50 YEARS OF BROADWAY; A GOLDEN HOLIDAY; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and more.

Proceeds from the performances are used to benefit scholarships or arts programs sponsored by Spoon River College. The chorus has contributed to the establishment of the Harley L. Davis Scholarship, the Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship, and the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship and has raised over $35,000 from ticket sales.

The Chorus and the SRC Foundation recently assisted with funding for a new LED lighting system in the theater in Taylor Hall. The system was installed by award-winning light designer Jacob Welch, an SRC alum.

2014 chorus group 

The 2014 cast of BROADWAY: Start to Finish “aboard the Titanic”

 

 Current News...

 
QUILTERS, The Musical



 Tickets on Sale July 15th.

Friday, September 5 @ 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 6 @ 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 7 @ 3 p.m.

 

General Admission Seating:  $10

 

Theatre in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus. 

 

Checks made payable to the SRC Foundation.   Must be paid for in advance.

In person or by phone (may be picked up or mailed – but check needed first)

 

Our production features Maureen Stein, Carla Bobell, Julie Seeley, Sara Mathis, Barbi Watson, Sherri Barr, and Jean Arndt and we are already in rehearsals.

Direction by Carol Davis; Musical Direction by Pam Willison

Musicians -- Pam Willison (piano); Tony Roberts (harp); Bob Juraco (guitar); Drew Ponder (bass); Emily Magers (fiddle); and Chad Murphy (washboards, etc)

Quilt blocks and “Legacy Quilt” by the Piecers of the Heartland and Maureen Stein

Stage Manager:  Jackie Davis

Properties:  Robin Henry

                                Costumes:  Andrea Barbknecht

REVIEWS:  Originally developed and produced at the Denver Center Theatre company, this joyous and moving celebration of American Womanhood became a record-setting regional theater success before its presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. Combining music, dance movement and scenes of vivid dramatic intensity, the play pays eloquent tribute to the courage and spirit of our nation's pioneer woman. "Who would have thought that quilts, quilting—quilters—had so much joy and pain, laughter and tears, so much life, beauty and drama in them?" —Drama-Logue. "…an unqualified success, as bright as the colors used in the quilts themselves." —Hollywood Reporter. "QUILTERS is a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort and joy." —NY Post. "…a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in the breeze of memory." —Newsweek.

THE STORY: Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or "blocks" with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.

 

 Past News...

 
 

 BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)

 
community chorus titanic
 

 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)

 
community chorus rainbox

 

 Man of La Mancha (July 2013)

 
community chorus la mancha 
 

 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (May 2013)

 
community chorus charlie brown 
 

 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)

 
community chorus andrew lloyd webber
 

 Messiah (Dec. 2012)

 
community chorus messiah
 
 

 Cole, Irving, George and Jerome (Feb. 2012)

 

community chorus cole, irving, george and jerome

 

 Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)

 
community chorus Mass Theatrical
 

 Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)

 
community chorus lincoln's america 
 
 

 Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)

 

community chorus holiday show