With proceeds from its four sell-out performances of THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER February 22-24, the Spoon River College Community Chorus has now raised over $20,000 from ticket receipts to benefit the SRC Foundation’s scholarship program.
“The dedicated members of the community chorus have made a dream come true,” said Carol Davis, Vice President of Community Outreach and the producer of the chorus. “The chorus began in 2005 and has grown to include several concerts and productions annually. The group provides quality entertainment with an educational twist and benefits students at the same time.”
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber featured four mini-musicals: CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Utilizing show-specific costumes, special lighting, and unique staging, audience members enjoyed a complete musical theater experience.
Music director for the production was John L. Davis. The musicians included Pamela Willison (Assistant Music Director), Tony Roberts, and Gretchen Fuller on keyboards. Jaimie Jenkins provided bass.
Members of the chorus reside throughout the entire SRC College District and beyond. Many were featured in specific on-stage roles.
Those featured in CATS were Carla Bobell, Chad Leitschuh, Maureen Stein, Nathan Bobell, Bob Heppenstall, Barbi Brewer, Bobby McKenzie, and Lindsey Ridenour.
Michael Welch played Jesus Christ, Carmen McCarthy was Mary Magdalene, and John L. Davis was Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Others in the cast included John Harmon, Bruce Beal, Chad Murphy, Greg Mathis, Sara Mathis, Ron Smith, Randy Weaver, Tammy Weaver, and Jim Marshall.
Carla Bobell was featured as Christine Daae with Tony Roberts as Raoul, John L. Davis as the Phantom of the Opera, and Andrea Dunn as Carlotta. Chad Murphy, Barbi Brewer, and John Harmon were also in the cast. Audra Willison portrayed Antoinette.
Chad Leitschuh played Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat along with Carmen McCarthy as The Narrator. Joseph’s father and brothers were played by Ron Smith, Loren Blackfelner, Bobby McKenzie, Shane Gaumer, Nathan Bobell and Michael Harmon. Bruce Beal was Pharoah.
Other members of the chorus included Andrea Barbknecht, Ann Doolen, Jackie Davis, Jean Arndt, Jeanette McWhorter, Jeanine Standard, Jo Potter Keen, Leta Krock, Marge Bagwell, Sherry Coffey, Susie McMillen, Bethany Marvel, Janet Munson, Jean Sprecher, Judy White, Lily Nuesken, Natalie Orwig, Pat Stanko, Rita Hatch, Sherry Hilton and Wendy Martin.
Exquisite costumes were designed and created by Andrea Barbknecht. Lighting was by Daniel Edwards and Aaron Haacke. Jackie Davis served as stage manager.
The next production of the SRC Community Chorus is YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN featuring adults in the kid roles. John L. Davis is Charlie Brown, along with Bob Juraco as Schroeder, Carol Davis as Lucy, Chad Murphy as Linus, Chad Leitschuh as Snoopy and Lorie Rude as Sally. Show dates are May 30, 31 and June 1. Tickets go on sale March 15th.
For more information about the chorus, please call (309) 647-6395.
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Photo Credit: Dave Barbknecht
Featured in the CATS Photo are: Carla Bobell, Chad Leitschuh, Maureen Stein, Nathan Bobell, Bob Heppenstall, Barbi Brewer, Bobby McKenzie, and Lindsey Ridenour.