For its annual concert, the all-women chorus RiverSong wants to take its audience on a ride.
Specifically, it will be a “Musical Mystery Tour” for the barbershop-inspired annual concert at Potter Hall Theater at Missouri Western State University. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
Mixing theater with catchy harmonies and classic tunes, the theme gives the group a chance to take the audience on a journey different from your typical choral concert.
“For 10 to 12 years, we’ve added that element to our shows. It’s not just people standing on the risers and singing,” Mary Ann Penniston, vice president of RiverSong, said.
It’s been a winning combination for the group, as it will present choral arrangements and barbershop numbers with special guest quartet Take 4.
Working on the script and pieces for about six months, the 25 members of RiverSong have a ball putting together all of the elements into a cohesive piece.
“There’s this extra element of excitement for us as performers. There’s the whole business of becoming a character and presenting story and having the audience be willing to follow us on that journey,” Penniston said.
On that journey, the audience will hear a mixture of chorus favorites from “Bandstand in Central Park” to pop songs like ABBA’s “Take A Chance” and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” It will then transition to a performance by Take Four, an award-winning quartet from Kansas City, Missouri.
“There will be a little bit of everything,” Penniston said.
Being able to have some fun while also showcasing the group’s vocal talents is a thrill.
“Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s poignant. It’s the added element of performance art in terms of learning lines and making an idea that’s appealing and entertaining for the audience,” Penniston said.
With this tour, the members of RiverSong believe it’s a trip worth taking. Without a doubt, it’s been a positive journey for them.
“Everybody says they come for the music and stayed for the friends,” Penniston said.
Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the door and $15 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. It is family friendly and open to all ages.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live