Cho­ral so­ci­ety is puttin’ on the ritz

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - GREG COLGAN

The Inger­soll Cho­ral So­ci­ety will give peo­ple a chance to go where fash­ion sits when they per­form Puttin’ on the Ritz for its an­nual win­ter show.

The choir will per­form three shows in the two days. The Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 evening shows at 7 p.m. in­clude a three-course meal with the $70 price ticket while the Feb. 2 mati­nee show at 1 p.m. will cost $35.

“It’s some­thing a bit newer for the choir, and I think the au­di­ence will like it as well,” mu­sic di­rec­tor Holly Lan­gohr said. “It works well be­cause Elm Hurst has such a beau­ti­ful ball­room. It’ll be a great setting for a din­ner theatre.”

The choir has about 50 per­form­ers, with the mem­bers com­ing from all walks of life. The group prac­tises ev­ery Mon­day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Inger­soll Creative Arts Cen­tre. Ex­tra re­hearsals are added as needed closer to the date of a main show while choir mem­bers of­ten prac­tise at home. Lan­gohr said the choir chooses themes for the show at the end of each per­for­mance sea­son in the spring. They be­gin re­hearsals again in Septem­ber, and choir mem­bers take on dif­fer­ent roles to en­sure every­thing’s fi­nal­ized.

“The main fo­cus is the songs are ready and we’re work­ing on the mu­sic,” she said. “We have a pro­duc­tion team that does posters, ticket sales, co-or­di­nates with the Elm Hurst Inn on the menu and things like that. … It’s all run by the choir. We put every­thing on our­selves.” Puttin’ on the Ritz is a fa­mous song writ­ten by Irv­ing Ber­lin in the late-1920s that in­spired a 1930 mu­si­cal film by Harry Rich­man. The ti­tle is slang for a per­son dress­ing fash­ion­ably. The song has also been cov­ered by pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ers such as Fred As­taire and Ella Fitzger­ald.

In 1983, a synth-pop ver­sion by Dutch singer Taco be­came a world­wide smash, in­tro­duc­ing the song to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans.

The Inger­soll Cho­ral So­ci­ety puts on three con­certs a year but also do a num­ber of smaller per­for­mances, such as carolling at the Santa’s Vil­lage or the light­ing of the lights in Novem­ber. In ad­di­tion to the main win­ter show, the choir also hosts a Good Fri­day con­cert with an or­ches­tral ac­com­pa­ni­ment, which takes place on April 19 this year at Sa­cred Heart Church.

Its third main per­for­mance is a spring ben­e­fit con­cert to raise money for a local char­ity or ser­vice provider. That con­cert takes place May 10 at Trin­ity United Church “I hope the main thing they say is they had a fun time and it was an en­joy­able evening,” Lan­gohr said of how she hopes au­di­ences re­act. “The food will be great at the Elm

Hurst. I hope they en­joy the mu­sic, the at­mos­phere and the fun spirit the choir al­ways brings.”

JOE DINIZ/SPE­CIAL TO THE SEN­TINEL-RE­VIEW

Mu­sic di­rec­tor Holly Lan­gohr, cen­tre, con­ducts re­hearsals for the up­com­ing Inger­soll Cho­ral So­ci­ety show Puttin' on the Ritz. The show takes place Feb. 1 and 2 at the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa.

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