Craig to welcome Mardi Gras singers


The famed Mardi Gras celebration will make a run to Moffat County, minus the heat but chock full of humor and excitement thanks to a special quartet from Colorado Springs. This quartet, the Very Light Opera Company, will headline the "Mardi Gras 2000" celebration concert, sponsored by the Sweet Adelines.

"The flavor of the south will be coming to Craig in February," Sweet Adelines member Mary Lynne James said. "We are trying to make Mardi Gras as authentic as we can."

The concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Moffat County High School Auditorium, will also feature the Sweet Adelines and Yampa Valley Brass.

The Very Light Opera Company (VLOC) has been described by audiences as hilarious, entertaining, lively, professional, outstanding singers and sensational performers. VLOC won the 1999 Aspen Barbershop Contest for Best Comedy and Best Entertainers.

These four ladies, Pat Walz, Marjean DeBruin, Judy Peak and Judy McGovern, have been entertaining audiences across Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio and Utah. They perform for civic and church organizations, neighborhood groups, local businesses, private parties, holiday events and barbershop shows. Together, the ladies have 68 years of barbershop experience and are members of the Velvet Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

Best known for their flamboyant costuming and performances such as "Women of the Opera," cleaning women from Broadway and bawdy ladies of the dance hall era, VLOC members are sure they will entertain you with laughter, humorous songs and a good four-part harmony.

This is the annual fund-raiser for the Sweet Adelines and money raised goes to fund continuing music education as members bring in coaches to help the group.

It also supports the Young Women in Harmony group that meets in Craig.

"If we make your day just a little bit more enjoyable then our performance will have been a success," DeBruin said.

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