Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Night With A Star

Well, if you were unable to make it out to our Broadway in the Blue Ridge benefit concert, I am truly sorry for you. Boy did you miss out! It couldn't have worked out better and what a show! We had an amazing audience, fantastic talent and an incredible evening.

*photo credit to Sergio Soltero for all the photos in this post. Thanks bud!*

Crowd Shivers With Anticipation!

This idea came about all because of Facebook and Phantom of the Opera. The Artistic Director, Geoff Kershner and a Board Member for Endstation, Jeff Price (He prefers to be called Sexy Jeff), both realized they had a common friend in a young man who just happened to be on Broadway playing Raoul in Phantom of the Opera. The idea hit right around the time Lynchburg went crazy with productions of Phantom at Liberty University and E.C. Glass. They got a wacky idea to call Sean MacLaughlin and boom, we have ourselves a wonderful evening of beautifully sung showtunes and broadway hits.

The Man of the Hour

Sean graced us with a familiar tune, "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera (even on his night off he's still working) as well as several other hits from various works. I'm sure it was a treat for him to sing a few different pieces since he's been singing and performing Phantom of the Opera for close to 4 years now. Along with Sean, we had a ton of local talent cover songs from Anything Goes, West Side Story, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, an original musical Camila and even a sneak peak into our upcoming production of Assassins!

"Ballad of Czolgosz" from Assassins

No, Geoff Kershner did not sing us a song.
(But I hear he does a mean Beastie Boys salute during Karaoke)

Everyone was so giddy and excited to perform with him and we were honored to share the stage with a "Broadway Star". Sean and his dear wife were incredible to everyone and an absolute joy to work with throughout the ordeal. We can't thank him enough. We'd also like to thank all the local performers that truly showed the depth and talent this area has to offer. The fundraiser really helped us start the year off with a bang as we prepare for 4 more shows this season! Trust me, you're going to want a subscription to the season and the good news is, there are plenty left! If you'd rather get single tickets, we have plenty of those as well. You just don't want to miss this season!

Sean and company singing "Waiting For The Light To Shine" in the finale!

Aaron "Patches" Farr

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