Richwood, West Virginia, USA
Two major public performances, between September and December 2014, have solidified the overwhelmingly-positive community response to The Lumberjack Review Show Choir.
Decked out in new uniforms for the “Imagination of Broadway” performance on December 11, 2014, the show choir and dancers filled the RHS auditorium stage. Playing to a packed house, the choir combined well-written dialog as introduction to the numbers on the playbill, with well-executed choral vocals. Choir members managed to slide, essentially unnoticed, to the wings to don character costumes for the next set. There were well-done solo and small-group segments, as the full choir joined in song.
Special-effect lighting–timed to the song beat–added to the Broadway theme of the evening.
A top-notch dance and vocal troupe added pizzazz to the already-spectacular production.
Performance numbers included the following:
♪ Give My Regards to Broadway
♪ One Short Day
♪ Over the Rainbow
♪ Off to See the Wizard
♪ I See the Light
♪ Poor Unfortunate Souls
♪ Do You Wanna Build a Snowman
♪ Let It Go
♪ 42nd Street
♪ You Can’t Stop the Beat
♪ 76 Trombones
♪ Castle On a Cloud
♪ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
♪ Circle of Life
♪ God Bless the U.S.A.
There was boisterous applause throughout the performance; and the show choir received two standing ovations. “God Bless the U.S.A.” brought the crowd to its feet for nearly all the number. The “Fantasmic Finale” engendered several moments of thunderous applause from an audience on its feet, as the choir in rank upon rank, moved to the front of the stage, in turn, to take a well-deserved communal bow.
The earlier, September 7, 2014, performance found the show choir on the stage of the outdoor venue of the Sculpture Garden on East Main Street, in Richwood. The choir provided wonderful choral selections to help commemorate the memory of Mrs. Marian McQuade, founder of National Grandparents Day and Richwood resident of 20 years.
This young choir (in member age and in years of existence) is under the capable direction of Michael Fox, assistant band director for Richwood High School. Choir members come from both Richwood Middle and Richwood High Schools.
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— R. Johnson