The Dexter community will get a taste of Broadway when veteran performers Jessica Grové and James Moye present an evening of popular songs along with Dexter High School’s Jazz and Women’s Choirs.
The event titled "Bringing Broadway to You!", will take place at the DHS Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Bringing Broadway to You! is the brainchild of Encore Theatre Artistic Director Dan Cooney, and Chuck Colby, a member of the vocal group Three Men and a Tenor. The concept involves bringing top-notch performers into Michigan communities where they can work with and inspire young singers, as well as put on a great show.
“This event absolutely benefits everyone involved,” Colby said. “The Broadway performers enjoy taking a break from the city to interact with young people, the kids are thrilled to meet and work directly with professionals, and the community gets a fantastic show featuring Broadway stars at an affordable price.”
The event is a first for the DHS choral program and will serve as an important fundraiser in support of the district’s choirs. The guest Broadway performers, Grové and Moye, will perform songs from their own repertoires as well as combine with the high school choirs for select numbers.
Dexter students participate in workshop
The choirs will participate in "Bringing Broadway to You" through a workshop led by Grové and Moye on Nov. 1, in advance of the evening’s performance. Students will spend several hours asking questions, rehearsing, and then performing on stage.
“The most rewarding part of my career on stage has been working with and inspiring young people to sing,” Colby said. “The workshop and the evening’s performance at Dexter High School will be very much an extension of what I have been doing with my own group, Three Men and a Tenor, for the last 20 years.”
According to Dexter teacher and choral director Julie Bassett, the Jazz and Women’s choir members are looking forward to meeting the stars and getting a taste of what it is like to be a professional Broadway performer.
“The kids could not be more excited for this opportunity,” Bassett said. “We have a large group of more than 70 talented and enthusiastic young singers at Dexter High School. Their dedication, vocal ability, and overall great attitude make my job all the more rewarding, and I believe that they will represent our community well.”
The Dexter Choir Boosters are working hard to ensure the success of the event, and local businesses are helping by offering to serve as venues for advance ticket sales. Interested patrons can purchase tickets for $20 at Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Country Market, Dexter's Pub, and Dexter Jazzercise until Oct. 31. Tickets will be sold at the door on Nov. 1, if available.
“The only thing left to make this event a great success is a strong turnout for the evening’s performance from family, friends, faculty and the entire community on Nov. 1,” said Tony Magnus, Dexter parent and choir booster. “We would love to see the performance sell out and show the visiting Broadway artists what an amazingly supportive and arts-friendly community we have in Dexter.”