A musical spectacular

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By Ken Begley

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed
Soothes the mind and gives it rest
Heals the heart and makes it whole
Flows from heaven to the soul.”

Unknown author

One thing that always irks me is when people feel like they have to leave the county for fine entertainment. You know what I mean? It’s as if it can’t be good or you can’t have great talent if you come from here. Baloney.
Where do they think the great singers or actors come from? Are they born or hatched? If you’re thinking hatched, then I’m sorry, I can’t help you. If you think they are born, then please read on.
The Central Kentucky Community Theatre is presenting a “Musical Spectacular” at the Opera House. The first showing was last week, but if you missed out due to the sold out crowds, then you still have a chance to see this incredible show of talent by 22 local singers performing your favorite songs from 29 hit Broadway musicals. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. You can buy tickets online at www.centralkytheatre.com or at the door.
How many times have you watched a musical and waited for that one great song that makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you want to hold on to the one you love, or stand up and cheer? It’s that magical moment that stirs your soul and you leave the theatre feeling as one with the rest of the audience because you’ve seen and heard something great.
Well, now is your chance to hear every great song that Broadway and Hollywood has managed to come out with from the past 50 years. They are songs by everyone from the sweetest delicate voices of the newest newcomers like Gwendolyn Campbell. It continues on to the rapidly maturing voices of Bianca Young, Aaron Robinson, Lizzie Graves, Bob Grider and Jack Manion. It ends with the deeply mellow voices of the oldest member, uh; I’ll let Issac Frye and Jerry Effner fight over that last honor. These local singers are just so good.
You’ll hear funny songs masterfully done like “Gaston” with Wesley Campbell from Beauty and the Beast, or “I’m not Sandra Dee” by Rose Clements.
There will be Emily Cecconi’s beautiful crystal clear and delicate voice or Angela Nance really belting out one.
You’ll see your favorite actors of many plays like Catharine Ball show you how these songs should really by sung.
Then there’s old time favorites like “Comedy Tonight” from a A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that you probably haven’t heard in years.
You’ll hear off beat ones like “Suddenly, Seymour,” from Little Shop of Horrors. You’ll feel the energy of “Greased Lightin” from Grease.
There will be touching songs like “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, “Shadowland” from The Lion King and “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella.
There will be the moving songs like “All for the Best” from Godspell and another one of my favorites “Coat of Many Colors” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Every minute you will hear another song you know and love, even if you can’t remember the title, with everyone above performing along with Thomas Adler, Hattie Clark, Carrie Fisher, Gaubrie Humphress, Silas Humphress, Callie Mills, and Julita Nance.
Shoot, I hear old Scott Fattizzi is dusting off his vocal cords and getting out of his director’s chair to do a number or two as well.
Now tell me where else can you get that many favorite songs with that many performers? The best part is the short drive to downtown Springfield.
You never know, you might be able to say, I saw so-and-so in the Springfield Opera House before they hit it big.

Writer’s note: The Central Kentucky Community Theatre is having tryouts for the summer production of “The Music Man” on May 2 from 6-8 p.m. It’s open to everyone. So, if you think you have talent then come on down to the Opera House and try out for a part. I personally am rooting for Steve Hale for the anvil salesman part.