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Off-Broadway, On Campus

Christy Blevins

Tunes from hit Broadway shows filled Bast Gym on Saturday, April 6, as the Oriana singers, and the Roanoke College Choir performed in Off-Broadway, On Campus.

Bast Gym was filled with students, future students of RC, friends and family. The Broadway tunes and theatrics fully entertained the audience members. Many members from Choir and Oriana performed solos or duets.

“[Off-Broadway] is fun [to perform in] because a lot of people get to have solos,” said Roanoke Choir member Mackenzie Sullivan hoping that Off-Broadway will be continued in future years.

Directed by Jeffrey Sandborg with Cara Hubbard as the pianist, the Choir started the program with  a melody from The King and I. Coleen Weber introduced the piece, and then the Choir sang the medley which included “We Kiss in a Shadow,” “I Have Dreamed,” and “Something Wonderful.”

Oriana singers took the stage in the middle of the program and captivated the audience with a medley from Les Miserables. This medley included the pieces “At the End of the Day,” “I dreamed a Dream,” “Castle on a Cloud,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and the finale.  Finishing out the program was the Roanoke Choir once again, with a collection of songs from The Phantom of the Opera.

After their first performance, Roanoke Choir exited the stage in order for solos to perform.  The first solo of the night was Bert Miller singing “When Your Mind’s Made Up,” from the Broadway show Once. Singing with an acoustic guitar, Miller set the stage for a night of captivating performances to come. Next was a duet of Ashley Nyitray and Hannah Godsey performing the popular song “All that Jazz” from Ragtime.  The audience was enticed, their duet lead to a loud applause upon their finish.

Two more solos continued in this fashion. They were Greg Snyder performing “Make Them Hear You,” also from Ragtime, and Jess Deleconio performing “Green Finch and Linnet Bird,” from the popular Sweeny Todd.  The second duet of the night was an entertaining rendition of “Anything You Can Do,” from Annie Get Your Gun, and performed by Nathan Sliwa and Libba Cooper.

Oriana Singers split up the soloists and took the stage to perform their piece. After Oriana exited the stage, more solos and duets took place. Jennie Blaney and Liesl Stach were the next two soloists to perform. The solos were “Someone To Watch Over Me,” from Oh,Kay!, and “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line. The last two solos of the night were performed by Josh Ferrier doing “If I Can’t Love Her,” from Beauty and the Beast, and Rita Yoe with a funny rendition of “Show Off,” from The Drowsy Chaperone. The last group performance was the entertaining “Getting Married Today” from Company and performed, and acted, by Kat Binney, Emily Leimbach, and Ted Ellis.

The Roanoke College Choir finished off the show with a rewarding round of applause from audience members. Off-Broadway on campus appeared to be highly entreating for audience members, and showcased the talents of singers at Roanoke College.