GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 16, 2013

Flashback: Singin' the Fifties

Era's music showcased in benefit

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — More than 20 local singers will take part in a benefit show featuring an array of 1950s music, taking on the personas of legendary singers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Sandra Dee and many more.

The singing group Share the Music performs “Singin’ the Fifties” in three performances only to benefit Gloucester Stage. Shows are Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. ;and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at Gloucester Stage’s Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester.

Last year Share the Music performed a benefit event featuring the music of the 1920s; during the cast party held afterward the idea of a show featuring the music of the 1950s was born. The singers have been preparing throughout the year for this event.

“We’re having a ball and we have some really fun characters developing as they prepare for the shows,” said Wendy Betts of Rockport, director of Share the Music. “We have our own costumes and everyone has researched their own character and their characters will reflect that.”

The singer performing Patsy Cline has an authentic cowgirl outfit replete with boots and Johnny Cash will dress all in signature black.

Others will sport leather jackets while performing a number from “Grease.”

“You will get a variety show of the 1950s music because there is more than one kind of ’50s music. And that’s why the costumes are so much fun — because hemlines go up and down, and there are changing hairstyles that will reflect the character,” said Betts.

The show is a musical revue set in a soda fountain shop. Featured songs include “Only You,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Sincerely,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Sh-Boom,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and many other favorites. The show will close with “Young at Heart.”

The cast features sopranos Amy Dow, Barbara Ellis, Janelle Favaloro, Terri Hansen, Judy Juncker, Jennifer Ober, Carolyn Stowell and Bea Waring; altos Janet Boynton, Connie Komack and Katzi Rueda; tenors Scott Deffer and Bob Ellis; and baritones and basses Hank Betts, Stan Feener, Blake Gilson, Charlie Hunt and Curt Siebert.

In addition to the 21 singers, there will be three dancers, Alana Comeau, a 23-year-old dance major, sixth-grader Chloe Beaulieu and eighth-grader Kaitlin Favaloro. They’ll wear the poodle skirts and saddle shoes of the younger generation, said Betts.

“The audience will get to sing or hum along because they won’t be able to help themselves. It’s going to be very energetic. But there are also ballads and songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein with ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘The King and I,’” said Betts. The program also includes jazz standards, the work of Cole Porter, who performed during the 1950s, and songs from “West Side Story,” which hit Broadway in the late 1950s.

Tickets for all three shows are $25. For tickets and information, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go Who and what: Share the Music performs "Singin' the Fifties." When: Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. ;and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. Where: Gloucester Stage's Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. How much: $25. For tickets and information, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

If you go Who and what: Share the Music performs "Singin' the Fifties." When: Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. ;and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. Where: Gloucester Stage's Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. How much: $25. For tickets and information, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.