NEW GLASGOW - On Saturday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m., the Aeolian Singers from Halifax will present a musical show, Babes on Broadway. The show will be held in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 37 Mountain Road.
This is an original show created for the choir by former music educator Eleanor Robertson Hall.
She was asked by the choir director Janet Gaskin to write a script that would tie the Broadway hits they planned to sing together. One of these songs was “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Hall decided to make Dorothy the major character of the show.
During her travels from Kansas to Oz and beyond, Dorothy encounters heroines from various Broadway musicals. Hall has written dialogue for these characters that goes beyond the original Broadway shows. The storyline takes the audience through the history of the musical as told by these females.
The themes of love, friendship, finding oneself and following your dreams are demonstrated throughout. Fast paced and humorous, the show is dedicated to the memory of Bernadette Halliday Smith, a well-known local musician who passed away in September 2012. Smith enriched the lives of numerous people by sharing her musical talent.
The audience will hear many great numbers from beloved Broadway musicals ranging from the early years (Oklahoma) to songs from more recent shows like Rent, A Chorus Line and more. The show is a fun performance for all ages featuring everything from rollicking numbers like Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat from Guys and Dolls and the moving Seasons of Love from Rent.
Now in their 38th season, the Aeolian Singers are champions of music for women. Over the years, they've commissioned many new works for the choir by a diverse range of Canadian composers, including music by singer/songwriter, Susan Crowe, Connie Calder, and the late Raylene Rankin. They have made three recordings, including the moving breast cancer oratorio, Where I Live, and performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and throughout Atlantic Canada, the U.K.,and Europe. Tickets for the show cost $15 and are available at the church office phone -752-5326) or by calling 755-3762.
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