On with the show: Chorus hosts Broadway revue, fundraiser

May, 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community


By Mary Owen

Fans of Broadway musicals will thrill to the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus’s presentation of Opening Night on Broadway.

The performance is part of the annual fundraiser to benefit the chorus, and is free to attend. Two showings will be held: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mill City and 4 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at Rising Star Studio in Stayton.

A spaghetti dinner, with meat and vegetarian sauce options, and a drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to Saturday’s performance and at 6 p.m. following Sunday’s show. Costs are $8 for adults; children 8 and younger, $4. Prize drawings include a metal art sculpture by Herman Freiden, pottery by Mark Hebing, and more.

“We are singing nine songs from nine Broadway musicals,” said Sherri Cardwell, chorus representative. “We will be doing songs from the 1920s into 2000.”

Cardwell said the fundraiser gives the chorus an opportunity to perform for
“our Canyon community that supports what we have been working so hard on since Christmas.”

The New Generation Barbershop Quartet, more affectionately known as “Three Prunes and a Plum,” will also perform.

“It is made up of three of our chorus members and one of our old directors,” Cardwell said. “They are a fabulous multi-generational group who love barbershop. They rehearse at The Canyon Art Center every Thursday.”

Funds raised will be used to pay SCCC’s director, Kara Blocker, and accompanist, Suzy Herbert, as well as purchasing much-needed items including microphones and music, Cardwell said.

“We would love to raise $500 or more,” she said. “We would love to see lots of folks at either of our shows or both. We have worked very hard and feel it is some of our best work. We love the songs we are singing, and hope our audience will, too.”

Santiam Canyon Community Chorus is under the umbrella of Santiam Hearts to Arts, whose mission is to “preserve, present and promote the fine and performing arts in the Santiam Canyon,” according to the website description.

The SCCC was established in 2004 by a local volunteer, JoAnn Hebing, a trained choral director who started her career as a music teacher and church organist in 1959. In addition, she directed a Sweet Adeline chorus, sang in several quartets and began learning to play the cello after retiring from the Mill City Presbyterian Church. She started volunteering in the schools as a teacher and accompanist
in 1999.

SCCC performs during the Christmas holidays and at community events. In the spring, concerts focused on peace, love and tolerance are performed at Santiam schools. The group meets Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Art Center, and welcomes new members who “can carry a tune.” No auditions are held and reading music is not required.

For information, contact chorus manager Herb Bastuscheck at 503-859-2668 or by e-mail at japanherb@yahoo.com.

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