It 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 →
CenterStage Band and Show Choir is only days away from moving into The Grand Theatre in Wausau and that means it’s almost showtime! This year’s show, “Music of the Movies” will provide an evening of wonderful music taken straight from the silver screen. Continue reading →
The time has come! We are in the final hours of preparation for CenterStage’s 2016 show: A Night on Broadway! We moved into the Grand on Sunday afternoon and have been running almost non-stop to get us to THIS VERY MOMENT! It’s OPENING NIGHT!
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.
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!
God Bless the USA
Eastbound and Down
Let It Be
Still The One
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!
In 2013, CenterStage presented the show Unforgettable, honoring musicians, singers, and composers that are no longer with us. The group showcased 23 numbers, remembering the works of Michel Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Patsy Cline, John Lennon and so many others. As the show promised “their music lives on”. Continue reading →
Here we go, folks! We made it past the half-way point of our tour through 10 years of CenterStage.
For their 6th annual show, CS presented a collection of music from the 1960’s.The show featured music from prominent artists and touched on the powerful and historic events the decade would ultimately be famous for.
Music played such an important role in this specific decade, as it highlighted and challenged the changes that were occupying the entire country.