LVS weekend event features songs from the Silver Screen

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By Joshua Shepherd

For their ninth musical extravaganza at the Cynthiana Baptist Church, the Licking Valley Singers are ready for their close-ups, Mr. De Mille.

The community singing group will present “Songs of the Silver Screen,” a tribute to the movies featuring some of the most famous tunes to come out of Hollywood in the past century.

Karen Bear and Dr. Beth Laytart have come together once again to give audiences  an entertaining evening of song on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 at the door. Biancke’s is offering advance tickets for only $8 apiece.

Following the Singers’ popular review of Broadway showtunes last spring, Bear and Laytart decided they should give equal time to songs made famous in the movie house.

“We usually don’t have a specific theme. Most of our shows are a musical kaleidoscope, but our Broadway theme was so popular with our audience, it was natural to have this movie showcase follow it,” Bear said.

The song list covers a wide range of styles, Bear said.  Some selections will come from Hollywood’s golden age with well known numbers from “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Wizard of Oz,” but audiences can expect some interesting twists as well, she said.

Among those twists is a medley of James Bond songs, including such favorites as “Goldfinger,” “Live and Let Die” and “Nobody Does it Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me.

One of the more challenging pieces in the choir’s arsenal will be a vocal treatment of Henry Mancini’s famous theme from “The Pink Panther” that will have to be seen to be believed, Bear said.

“You can’t have a tribute to Hollywood without featuring some songs that don’t have any lyrics, but the tunes themselves are famous,” Bear said.

Continuing along that line, Laytart and guest pianist Bill Probus will perform a tribute to John Williams, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and celebrated composers.

The 51-member choir for “Songs of the Silver Screen” is the largest yet for a Licking Valley Singers presentation, Laytart said. In addition to the central performance, audience members arriving early will get a special treat. 

Bear will be the opening act for the evening’s spectacle, so be sure to get to the Baptist Church early for the performance.


What lies ahead for Licking Valley Singers

The Licking Valley Singers have been invited to participate with the Georgetown Community Choir for a special holiday performance on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The invitation marks the first time that the Licking Valley Singers have received such an invitation from another community choir, Bear said.

“I hope we can depend on our growing fan base to follow us to Scott County for this show,” she said.

In the spring, the Licking Valley Singers 10th performance will feature favorite songs from the past nine performances.

 “It will be a Licking Valley Singers greatest hits show,” Bear said. “Invitations are going out for choir members to participate. There are no auditions. We welcome anyone curious about joining the choir to perform. It’s always a fun time,” she said.