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Edmonton Musical Theatre: A taste of this and a taste of that

Seven St. Albert singers contribute to season finale

By: Anna Borowiecki

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 06:00 am

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The Time of Our Lives
Edmonton Musical Theatre
Runs June 14to 19 and June 19 to 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Westbury TransAlta Arts Barn
10330 - 84 Ave.
Tickets: $25. Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca

For more than three decades Edmonton Musical Theatre has exploded with the energy and pomp befitting a company enacting popular Broadway charts.

In this 35th landmark anniversary season, general manager Steffni Ault has taken the year-end showcase back to the company’s roots.

“It’s strictly a revue show. We’re doing music from beginning to end. We’ve had so much great music in 35 years and we thought it would be fun to touch on as many songs as possible,” she said.

There are a whopping 69 in total, however music director Randy Mueller has created a composite of themed medleys for a taste of this and a taste of that. Dipping into the extensive Broadway catalogue from past years, Mueller has adapted tunes from Gershwin, Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Bernstein, Jerome Lawrence and Leslie Bricuss, to name a few.

“Medleys are so interesting to listen to. They’re constantly changing. You hear a lot of variety and I love hearing how they tie into each other,” Ault said.

There’s a medley that salutes world-class cities in songs such as Baltimore, London is London, Buenos Aires and New York, New York.

In a romantic medley of love songs, the choir presents Tonight from West Side Story, Gershwin’s I’ve Got a Crush on You and Cole Porter’s Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

Mueller has also organized a huge movie medley that brings together The Lion King, The Wiz, Rocky Horror Show and Dick Tracy.

Using the semi-professional company’s trademark choral singers of 29 in the adult cast and 23 in the youth cast, Ault hopes to create a rippling wall of sound.

This year seven St. Albert ambassadors are performing in the two-hour production – Barb Hubbard, Jaime Johansson, Kirsten Kirsch, Georgina Sande, Jen Magel, Abi Henneberry and Davey Damo.

Hubbard sings Woman in the Moon, an old Barbra Streisand tune that until recently had fallen by the wayside.

Ault describes Hubbard’s voice, as “technically she’s almost perfect. She has a big range and in that range she has strong belt.”

Johansson is also known for her broad musical theatre sound and big range while Kirsch, with brassy shading in her vocals, picks up pop pieces such as You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray.

Sande, an EMT alumna, is adept at shifting from lyrical to dramatic works and switches from the belting How Lucky Can You Be to the more classic I’ll Know.

Magel, has worked behind the scenes for 11 years and finally decided to step on stage with Cell Block Tango from Chicago.

A first timer at EMT, Abi Henneberry brings a strong dance background to the breathtaking Jazz Hop from Victor/Victoria.

And finally pop artist Davey Damo in his 12th production takes control of several songs including Circle of Life and Sandy.

“EMT presents something unique. We’re not a book show like the Citadel. We cross all ages. We cross all types of shows. We hope people will walk away filled with joy and decide to come back.”


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