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SCT continues two-week summer review


Special to The Dispatch



Starkville Community Theatre's 15th annual summer musical review continutes its two-week run this week. 


"Voices in the Night" opened last Thursday at the Playhouse on Main and will continue its run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this week. Tickets for the show -- a major annual fundraiser for SCT --cost $25 an includes a dessert reception. 


The show will feature musical performances in a wide variety of genres, with the majority of the songs sung a cappella. 


"Since 1999, the summer musical revue has been a valuable part of the Starkville Community Theatre. This summer, our tradition continues. Every one of our musical revues has been unique, and this summer is no exception," said M.J. Etua, the show's director and one of its performers. "This year, we present old favorites you haven't heard in the longest time and some new twists on old tunes and some current pop hits. Some songs will have a piano or guitar accompaniment and some ring out with just voices," Etua added. 


Most of the songs being performed by the 13-member cast of "Voices in the Night" feature multi-part harmony. The cast consists of both veteran SCT performers and newcomers. 


"Along with our returning performers, we have some new faces this year, and we hope they will continue to lend us their time and talent," Etua said. 


Brian Hawkins, the show's musical director and, like Etua, one of its performers, said the cast members have worked long hours to perfect the sound of the show, particularly the harmonies in each song. 


"For me, there is nothing better than when the cast blends together in perfect harmony," said Hawkins. "They make exquisite music." 


Featuring songs such by such artists as Billy Joel, the Beatles, the Drifters, the Eagles, the Isley Brothers, Katy Perry, Madonna, the Beach Boys, the Supremes and the Temptations, the show has something for everyone, Etua said. 


"We have a variety of songs for all ages and all musical tastes. A lot of people have liked the fact that we have performed some newer songs," said Etua. "One thing we have heard consistently from our audiences thus far is how much fun they had."  


In addition to Etua and Hawkins, "Voices in the Night" cast members include Isa Stratton Beaulieu, John Brocato (who also plays guitar), Audrey Gammill, Meg Henderson, Brenda Mayo, Heather McGinn,  


Gabe Posadas, Janis Ross, Ray Sizemore, Rebecca Tabb and Mary Tabor. The pianist is Haley Harper, stage manager is Bonnie Oppenheimer and lighting/sound designer is Thomas La Foe. 


To reserve a ticket for the dhow, contact the SCT Box Office at 323-6855. If no one answers, leave a message and an SCT box office volunteer will return the call to confirm the reservation.  


Reservations may also be made by stopping by the Playhouse on Main from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.




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