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The neon lights are bright on Lake Benton

Opera House show to feature numbers from familiar and not-so-familiar Broadway musicals

March 12, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

It's not every day where you'll hear songs from the Broadway musical "The Flower Drum" and "Trouble in Tahiti," but you can hear them in Lake Benton next weekend.

The Lake Benton Opera House is having its annual "Broadway Meets Lake Benton" musical revue at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. The show is being directed by John Voit.

Voit, who has performed at the revue in the past, said this year's show was an invitational process.

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Erick Harper of Tyler performs a song during a past “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” show.

"I actually invited people who haven't been in shows at the Opera House," Voit said. Usually the show has featured singers who have performed in the plays and musicals at the Lake Benton Opera House, but a couple of new faces include Erin Engel and Wes Myers, both of Marshall.

"People from several different communities are involved too, not just Lake Benton," said Paula Dovre of Minneota, who has been in several of the revues.

Dovre said the theater family from the Opera House is very close-knit.

"And because it's a small theater, the productions are so intimate," Dovre said.

This kind of show gives people the chance to sing with other talented people, Dovre said.

"I'm singing a duet with Mark Wilmes, 'Tango Maureen' from 'Rent,'" Dovre said.

Wilmes, who has directed several shows at the Opera House, had asked Dovre a few years ago to do the duet, she said.

Directors encourage the performers to select their own music, pieces they'd like to sing, Dovre said.

Voit said he also gives performers suggestions on what numbers to sing. And Wilmes likes to feature a few songs from the upcoming summer musical at the Opera House. This year's musical is "Camelot."

"There's going to be three solos from there," Voit said.

Voit also advises not to overdo ballads and find humorous pieces as well.

"The audience likes to laugh," Voit said.

Voit and Dovre said the Broadway to Lake Benton show does contain numbers from popular musicals, but it also exposes the audiences to the more obscure musicals. The song may be familiar, but the show isn't, Dovre said. For example, last year, Dovre performed "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from "The Flower Drum Song." This year, a song from "Trouble in Tahiti" will be performed.

"This is probably the only place they're going to hear it," Dovre said.

The number of people involved in the annual show varies from year to year. Dovre said there will be about a dozen in this year's revue, but there have been as many as 15 to 20 performers.

 
 

 

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