Smoot musical ensembles present spring show

From staff reports

The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St., in downtown Parkersburg.

The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in its ninth year, The Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble, now in its eighth year, The Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble, now in its fourth year, and the Smoot Barbershop Quartet, now in its third year.

The Children’s Chorus will begin the concert with a 16th century madrigal, “Now Is the Month of Maying,” followed by a contemporary version of “Benedictus” by Brian Lewis. They will continue, using special effects to create a setting for “Storm.” They will be joined by student percussionists Chris and Matthew Smith for “Sisi Ni Moja,” then will present the jazz classic “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Next will be “A Million Dreams” from the movie “The Greatest Showman,” featuring soloists Naomi Potts, Alex Cantwell, Abbi Hoyt, Taylor Starkey and Alex Marshall. The final selection will be “How Can I Keep From Singing?” featuring soloists Hanna Richmond, Christian Marshall and Sophia D’Eramo.

The Girls Ensemble will present an arrangement of the Shakespeare text “Sigh No More, Ladies,” a tribute to their grandmothers with the song “Lineage,” the French tune “Il est bel et bon,” the contemporary “As Long As I Have Music” and a medley of 50’s music: “Mister Sandman,” “Love Me Tender” and “Lollipop.”

The Smoot Barbershop Quartet will sing “Wait Til the Sun Shines, Nellie” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

The Boys Ensemble’s section will include “The Old Songs,” the contemporary “Come In From the Firefly Darkness,” “Bye, Bye, Love,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and Stephen Foster’s “If You Only Had a Moustache.”

The concert will close with all three ensembles singing “Why We Sing.”

Director of the Children’s Chorus is Barbara Full, accompanist is Marsha Parsons, Director of the Boys Ensemble is Janet Blessing, the Girls Ensemble is directed by Cathy Martin, and accompanist for the Ensembles is Amy Sinclair. The Barbershop Quartet is directed by Smoot Theatre Director Felice Jorgeson.