For Those About to Rock…

“Here I Go Again”, ready to give you a few thoughts about CenterStage’s annual show! We have one performance under our belt, and now, as the dust settles, I have time to reflect on (and shamelessly promote) Back to the 80s.

But first, a quick story:

Once upon a time, members of the CenterStage choir were out for drinks after rehearsing A Night on Broadway, and discussed how totally awesome an 80s themed show would be.

The conversation quickly turned into an opportunity for everyone involved to randomly yell out songs, one at a time, with responses like, “Oh man, I forgot about that” or “Yes, but what about…”

As quickly as the discussion started, it was ended by a certain director, claiming that there aren’t full choral arrangements of 80s songs.

Smartphones at the ready, some diligent (albeit stubborn) choir members proceeded to scour the internet and even went so far as to create a Facebook group petitioning for CenterStage to perform an 80s show.

Within 24 hours, the group page quickly filled with dozens of options of full choral versions of 80s classics. One post even stating “25+ songs listed along with two medleys. I think we have more than a show!”

Now, if you are unfamiliar with CenterStage history, the following year’s theme was not the 1980s, but instead Decade Bash, a show that showed off songs spanning 60+ years, not just the particular 10 some people were hoping for.

It took a couple more years until we were able to bring you Back to the 80s, but let me tell you, it was worth the wait! Each season CenterStage brings a new level of performance and this year is no exception. We pulled out all the stops (and all the hairspray) to bring you a rocking good time.

The 1980s brought us memorable performers, iconic songs, and Broadway musicals that truly changed the landscape of music forever. The decade also brought us indescribable fashion and undeniably awesome slang. And you better believe you’ll experience all of it.

We knew in order to do the 80s justice we were going to have to make sure we brought songs from as many different genres as we could. Rock, Country, Pop, movie scores, Broadway, we have it ALL. Our selections are as unique as the members who perform them.

I think it is the variety of music that makes this show not only nostalgic, but fun for everyone. So, whether you lived through the decade or not, I guarantee you will find something you not only know, but something that you love.

As a member of our audience you can expect to be transported back in time (Marty McFly style) for a night of big hair and even bigger voices. AND for the first time since 2012 we put the band back on stage! Their sound will have you ready to go “All Night Long”!

You won’t want to miss this head-banging, tubular good time! Come check out Back to the 80s at the Grand Theater September 27-28 We’ll see you there!

Two Thumbs Up for “Music of the Movies”

CS2018It is my favorite time of year! For over a decade I have marked the arrival of fall not only with changing leaves and football season but with CenterStage’s annual show.

For newer readers, my name is Jenna and I am somewhat of a CenterStage superfan. I have seen or been involved in every show for the last 12 years. I have been a performing member of the choir for 5 seasons- though this year I am only a spectator. Continue reading

10 Weeks to 10 Years: Part 10

program.jpegReaching for the Stars: A Talent Show Tribute

Here we are: we have reached the final installment of the 10 Weeks to 10 Years series. The last 10 weeks we have taken a journey through the history of CenterStage Band and Show Choir. We are 1 week away from this season’s show, but, first we get to talk about a show that raised the bar to its highest level ever!

In 2015, CenterStage put on a show similar in theme to Anything Goes (2007) and What’s on Your Playlist (2009). This theme wasn’t about a specific time period or genre, but was more about showcasing a variety of music to highlight the various talents of the choir. The show was inspired by the inclusion of music in reality television and sitcoms like Glee, The Voice, The Sing-Off and American Idol.

I especially loved this theme because CenterStage was performing relatively current music.”Happy”, “Some Nights”, “Uptown Funk”, and “Riptide” were all released within 3 years of the CS performance.

Performing classic hits has always worked out for the group in the past. In some ways, putting together more contemporary selections was a risk.This risk definitely paid off though, as CenterStage put on a high-energy group of show-stopping songs. The show was rounded out with some classic crowd pleasers and high-octane dance numbers.

2015 also showed an increase in CenterStage’s online presence. Performers were so excited to share the progress of the show that they all took to social media to promote and give glimpses behind the scenes at the show. They even started the CenterStage Instagram account in the wings during a dress rehearsal.

Be sure to check out our Facebook (CenterStage Band and Show Choir) and Instagram (@center_stage_live)  feeds throughout the next week to get a full behind the scenes experience.

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Confession: I was probably the most obnoxious when it came to documenting show week.

As a “Talent Show Tribute”, is was a way for performers to imagine auditioning for the reality shows that have become so popular. I tried to imagine what a reality show following CenterStage members would look like and I think it would totally be worth watching!

Since I was sure no one in the choir would consider actually auditioning for The Voice, I asked members what they would sing at a karaoke bar (if forced). It might be worth noting that many members said that they would never sing karaoke–which I find interesting– but that makes the audience even more lucky to be around when these performers DO decide to sing!

Try to tell me that this setlist wouldn’t be worth seeing!

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  • Dancing Queen
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • God Bless the USA
  • Lying Eyes
  • Eastbound and Down
  • Let It Be
  • Still The One
  • Love Shack
  • Don’t Stop Believing

 

 

I like to think that we put on a little more of a production than your average bar so you won’t want to miss this year’s show, A Night on Broadway!

We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on for the last nine months! These next 7 days will be a whirlwind and we are so excited to finally get to the finish line to share it all with you!

Clear your schedule September 29, 30, and October 1, 7:30pm at the Grand Theatre.

Admission is free!

Be sure to come back here next week and check out my OPENING NIGHT blog with my final thoughts and every reason why you NEED to see this show!