Memorable farewell by showcase singers
It’s the end of an exciting and rewarding era for the Showcase Singers.
The Singers, established by Kathi Craig more than 15 years ago, will present their final musical production at The Globe Theatre on Saturday, October 3 at 7.30pm. Their title is Thanks for the
Memory where they look back on music and movement from the favourite shows that they’ve presented in venues around the Manawatu.
The 30-strong company has grown from people who never thought they could be taught or star in a show to accomplished and confident performers.
‘‘They’ve gone from apprehension and fear to fame,’’ Kathi Craig says.
‘‘A number of them have played leading and supporting roles in local musicals, provided the backbone for the chorus or achieved distinction in Trinity College of London examinations.’’
‘‘This is the final opportunity for the singers to showcase their talent, however, because they are such a close knit group of people, they’ll continue to socialise and utilise their musical skills in all areas of theatre both backstage and in performance,’’ Kathi says.
‘‘We have a loyal audience who’ll enjoy the music and be proud of the way the Showcase Singers have grown in confidence and developed musically and artistically.’’
Guest artist is Douglas Ransom, a private student of Kathi Craig and a former member of Showcase Singers. Douglas was a soloist in last Sunday’s Last Night of The Proms and in Thanks for the Memory he’ll sing such numbers as
On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady, If I Can’t Love Her
from Beauty and the Beast, Out There from Hunchback of Notre Dame and Into the Fire from The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Kathi, as artistic director, will sing several of her favourites such as Can’t Help Loving that Man of Mine from Showboat, The Rain in Spain from My Fair Lady and the celebrated cabaret number from The Merry Widow, The Grisettes of Paris accompanied by six of her Showcase Singers.
Thanks for the Memory includes excerpts from musicals such as
South Pacific, Irma Le Douce, High
Society, Prince of Egypt and Showboat. Included in the montage will be solos, duets and ensemble numbers giving the Showcase Singers the opportunity to demonstrate their talent.
The show will start and end with the Bob Hope number Thanks for
the Memory. On the final time the audience will be invited to join with the Singers and relive 30 wonderful years of Start Singing, the musical phenomenon that Kathi established in the South Island and brought to Palmerston North.
Thanks for the Memory, with artistic director, Kathi Craig, stage director Pat Snoxell, conductor Malcolm Hopwood and accompanists, Stephen Fisher and Roger Buchanan, will be presented at The Globe Theatre on Saturday, October 3, at 7.30pm. Tickets $25 (adults), $22 (10 plus) are available from The Globe.
Kathi Craig’s Showcase Singers prepare for their end of an era concert at the Globe Theatre.