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Roanoke College Students Perform “Off Broadway, On Campus”


OBOCPopular Broadway tunes flooded out of Bast Gymnasium Saturday as the Roanoke College Choir, Oriana Singers, and select soloists performed their annual “Off Broadway, On Campus” concert.

Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg directed both college singing groups through medleys of popular Broadway tunes. The Oriana Singers performed after the first selection of soloists, singing a medley from The Sound of Music. This medley included sections from, “The Hills are Alive,” “My Favorite Things,”  “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’y Mountain.” The Roanoke College Choir then performed after the second group of soloists and sang a medley from composers Learner and Loewe.

The Oriana Singers were not the only ones to perform from “The Sound of Music” on Saturday night however. The RCC Seniors performed a comical and emotional rendition of “So Long, Farewell,” from Sound of Music.

Following suit with comical performances, perhaps the more talented and dramatic performances of the night belonged to  freshman Caitlin Wright’s performance of “Mother Known Best,” from Tangled, and junior Libba Cooper’s “drunken” performance of “Little Girls,” from the hit Annie.

Other talented performances that brought the Broadway stage to Roanoke included RC senior Darlene Harris’ emotional rendition of “Your Daddy’s Son,” from Ragtime. Along with talented and dramatic performances, freshman Nicholas Denninger belted out “Stars” from the popular musical Les Miserables.

Most soloists received loud appreciation from the audience full of current students, staff, and parents. The announcer of the event, junior Katherine Binney, was playful and announced all pieces with enthusiasm. Binney also performed in the last piece of the concert which was “Not Getting Married Today,” from Company. This piece featured not only Binney, but also senior Liesl Stach, and senior Raynor Sebring. This comical piece ended the concert on a high note, but was also a repeated piece from last year’s “Off Broadway.”

Many other soloists performed throughout the night. Junior Ashley Nyitray beautifully sang “A New Life,” from Jekyll and Hyde, and Stach also opened the night with “Kind of Woman” from Pippen.

Soloist Emma Kessler performed “In My Own Little World,” from Cinderella followed by soloist Natalie Wilkinson who performed “Thoroughly Modern Milly,” by a musical of the same name. Another favorite, “Think of Me,” from Phantom of the Opera, was performed by Corinne Fitzer. Soloist Christopher Cataldo sang a selection from South Pacific, Ruth Trochim performed her selection from Avenue Q, Nikolas Kuzmanoff sang a piece from the beloved Little Mermaid, and Bailey Howard performed a piece from Newsies.

The RCC and Oriana will perform again in this coming week on April 13, 3p.m. at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral in Roanoke for their Spring Semester Concert. The concert is free to Roanoke College students and staff.