Choral society is puttin’ on the ritz
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.”
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.