Broadway in Concert Comes To The Fine Arts Theatre On Highland Community Colleges’ Campus

FREEPORT — The Highland Community College Royal Scots, Chamber Singers, Highland Youth Choir and Highland Chorale are coming together for a night of music with “Broadway in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center on the Highland campus.

For the past twenty years the Highland Choral Music Department has been entertaining audiences with selections from some of Broadway’s best shows at the annual “Broadway in Concert” event.  This year’s program promises to continue the legacy of strong performances with highlights from recent shows along with great shows from the past.

The Highland Chamber Singers, under the direction of Allen Redford, will perform selections from Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippen” along with a number from Disney on Broadway’s newest creation, “Newsies.” Nominated for eight Tony Awards, “Newsies” tells the rousing story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious and charismatic news boy and leader of a ragged band of teen-aged “Newsies”, who dreams of a better life away from the streets.

The Royal Scots Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance will feature tight harmonies and a strong swing groove on an updated version of “Almost Like Being in Love” from the classic Lerner and Loewe show “Brigadoon.” A soulful selection from the Carole King biographical musical, “Beautiful” will also be featured.

The Highland Chorale, directed by Heidi Spotts-Manthey, is comprised of HCC students and community members from across the HCC district.  Their performance will include selections from the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s show “The Sound of Music.” Also featured will be “Seasons of Love” from Rent, “42nd Street” and selections from “Motown, the Musical”.

The HCC Youth choir will be singing selections from “Disney Spectacular” which includes “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “I’ve Got No Strings,” “Feed the Birds,” “Whistle While You Work,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “It’s a Small World,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and lots more. The Youth Choir is directed by Dagny Brandt.

Accompanying the singers throughout the performance are Nadia Wirchnianski, John Hartman, Rick Andrews, Jon Watson, Heidi Spotts-Manthey and Grace Cifonie.

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