Ch­ester River Cho­rale singers re­hears­ing more than song

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Ch­ester River Cho­rale has been singing up a storm for al­most two decades, but can they dance too? You can find out when “Hooray for Hol­ly­wood!” is pre­sented at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege’s Decker The­ater at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, April 28 and 29.

Some mem­bers of the 95-voice Cho­rale have been tak­ing dance lessons from Greg Mi­na­han, who has brought his Broad­way chops to lead the singers through their paces in dance moves chore­ographed by the Cho­rale’s own dance pro­fes­sional, Alto Karen Lynn Smith.

Mi­na­han will serve as the song and dance mas­ter of cer­e­monies, solo­ing with an um­brella in “Sin­gin’ in the Rain” and lead­ing the Cho­rale’s Hol­ly­wood Troupe in ball­room turns for “Cheek to Cheek” and some Snoopy­in­spired bo­ogy­ing in “Bet­ter When I’m Dancin’.”

A bonus will be an in­ter­lude of movie themes by Mary­land gui­tarist Tom La­gana.

The mu­si­cal pro­gram, put to­gether by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Doug Cox and ac­com­pa­nied by the Cho­rale’s Sam Mar­shall, raises the cur­tain with Richard Roger’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from 1945’s State Fair) and con­cludes with the stir­ring rhythms of Carly Si­mon’s “Let the River Run” (from 1989’s Work­ing Girl).

Tick­ets are $15 and will be avail­able at the door in the Gib­son Cen­ter for the Arts and in ad­vance from the Cho­rale’s web­site, www.chester­river­chorale.org.

Ac­tor Greg Mi­na­han shows the Cho­rale singers how to dance it up.

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