Musical show boasts something for everyone

The Yampa Valley Chapter of the Sweet Adelines performed an eclectic show at Moffat County High School on Saturday night in conjunction with a children's choir, flipping and somersaulting cheerleaders, a barber shop quartet and a sleeping lion.

The Sweet Adelines, a 16-member female a capella group, opened the show, titled "Childhood Dreams," with a welcome song before being joined by the Craig Elementary School choir. Music was the theme of the beginning performance, as the Adelines and children sang "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "Harmonize the World," and "Don't Let the Music Stop."

Donna Watkins narrated the performance as Fairy Godmoth-er.

Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, performance and friendship. Sweet Adelines is dedicated to teaching one of America's original art forms, barbershop harmony or four-part harmony sung a capella.

The local chapter is made up of women from Craig, Hamilton and Hayden, ages 25 to 60. Their performance was, in par,t a warm-up for the six-state Region 8 competition coming up in Colorado Springs in March.

Following the Adeline's performance with the school choir, Moffat County High School student Jerry Davis brought some instrumental music to the a capella show by singing "You've got a Friend in Me" to recorded music. He warmed the crowd up for his mother, Ivy Davis, who sang "Colors of the Wind," from the Walt Disney movie, "Pocahontas."

Jerry Davis came back garbed in a lion costume to bring the show to life by sleeping through a performance of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by barbershop quartet Jan Kutner, Brenda Hershiser, Beth Gilchrist and Carol Buchanan.

Davis lay on the floor, rolling and scratching while the women sang and the audience that nearly filled the auditorium laughed. That was after the quartet's performance of Cinderella number, "The Work Song," replete with joke puns, such as:

Why is Cinderella so bad at basketball?

Because she's always running away from the ball!

What did Cinderella say after leaving the photo shop?

I can't wait for my prints to come!

One needed a nimble mind to flow with the first half of the show. After the quartet's a capella performance, the Northwest Colorado Wild Kittens and Wildkats, a cheerleading troupe, took the stage, flipping, somersaulting and lifting each other in the air with enormous energy to hip-hop music by rappers such as DMX.

During intermission, audience members placed bids on pottery, tuxedo rentals, lawyer services, and other items for a silent auction to benefit a scholarship for one female Moffat County High School student who plans to pursue a college degree in a music-related field. Donations for the scholarship were also collected at the door.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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