Starkville Community Theatre’s Summer Musical Revue ‘Voices in the Night’

Date(s) - 07/25/2013-07/27/2013
6:00 pm

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Cast and crew members for Starkville Community Theatre’s 15th annual summer musical revue, “Voices in the Night,” include, bottom row, from left, Ray Sizemore, Isa Stratton Beaulieu, Audrey Gammill, Meg Henderson and Bonnie Oppenheimer (stage manager); second row, Brenda Mayor, Heather McGinn, M.J. Etua (director) and Haley Harper (pianist); third row, John Brocato (guitar), Rebecca Tabb, Mary Tabor, Janis Ross and Gabe Posadas; and, top row, Brian Hawkins (assistant and musical director) and Thomas La Foe (lighting/sound designer).
Photo by Rachel Cannady

Starkville Community Theatre’s summer musical revue has seen a wide variety of musical styles performed onstage at the Playhouse on Main the last 14 years, and this year’s annual production – the 15th – will be no different.
“Voices in the Night” opened Thursday night at the Playhouse on Main and will continue its run Friday and Saturday nights and July 25 to 27.

The show will feature musical performances in a wide variety of genres – pop, classic rock, R&B, Broadway, Motown and more – but here’s the hitch: The majority of the songs will be performed a cappella. This means that most of the songs will feature no instrumental accompaniment.

Most of the songs being performed by the 13-member cast of “Voices in the Night” feature multi-part harmony. A few songs do include piano and guitar accompaniment.
The show is being directed by M.J. Etua, with assistant and musical direction by Brian Hawkins. Both Etua and Hawkins are also performing in the show. The two have performed in every SCT summer musical revue since the first one was staged in 1999.

“We’ve had the privilege of performing so many wonderful songs in our summer shows over the years, and one thing we have always done well with every summer show is a couple of a cappella numbers,” said Etua. “Knowing this, we wanted to develop an entire show with a cast singing songs a cappella.”

In “Voices of the Night,” songs by such artists as Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Dixie Cups, the Drifters, Dion and the Belmonts, the Eagles, the Supremes, the Temptations and Katy Perry are given a cappella renditions. In addition to layered harmonies, the cast members often mimic instrumental sounds as part of the background to the lead vocals, Etua said.

“Voices in the Night” cast members include Isa Stratton Beaulieu, John Brocato, Audrey Gammill, Meg Henderson, Brenda Mayo, Heather McGinn, Gabe Posadas, Janis Ross, Ray Sizemore, Rebecca Tabb and Mary Tabor. The pianist is Haley Harper, stage manager is Bonnie Oppenheimer and lighting/sound designer is Thomas La Foe.
Tickets for “Voices in the Night” cost $25 per person; the ticket price includes a dessert reception following each performance. To reserve a ticket, contact the SCT Box Office at 323-6855. If no one answers, leave a message and an SCT box office volunteer will return the call and confirm the reservation.

Reservations may also be made by stopping by the Playhouse on Main from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.