Sing America Sing! Brings Joy, Tears, Unabashed Patriotism

by | Jul 6, 2018 | Breaking News, People, Schools, Students, Videos, Wallace State

Sing America Sing! Brings Joy, Tears, Unabashed Patriotism

A post-major holiday calendar debut coupled with a showtime summer thunderstorm did not deter attendees from supporting opening night of the ‘Sing America Sing! Songs That Celebrate America!’.

An enthusiastic, appreciative crowd of over 200 patrons filled the Betty Leeth Haynes Center on the campus of Wallace State Community College Thursday at 7 pm.

Act I of this beautifully executed song and dance performance featured favored, old time Rock n Roll, Country, and Patriotic songs:

• It’s America

The 1950’s: American Pop Forever
• Rock Around The Clock
• Jailhouse Rock
• Lollipop
• Blue Suede Shoes
• Tutti-Frutti
• Hound Dog

The 1960’s: Music That Rocked The World
• The Twist
• I Get Around
• The Sound of Silence
• I Feel Good
• Respect
• Spinning Wheel
• Hey Jude
• People Got To Be Free

The 1970’s: American Pop Forever
• Close To You
• I’ll Be There
• I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet
• Ain’t no mountain
• Boogie Fever
• YMCA
• I Will Survive

The 1980’s: American Pop Forever
• Eye of the Tiger
• Flashdance
• Wake Me Up Before You Go
• We Built This City
• Highway To The Danger Zone

• Rock This Town
• Faith

Before the show, Director Tiffiney Stone Richter had these thoughts:

“… a couple of months ago, I ran an ‘ALL CALL’ for Wallace State Singers – past and present. I hoped they would respond by being interested in donating a few weeks this summer to rehearse and perform this show as a fundraiser for our Arts Department.

 

Some of my wonderful alumni we’re booked up this summer, and couldn’t participate. However, this group was available and happy to join in!

 

In case you’ve never been in a song and dance show, learning an hour and a half of music in two weeks is not as easy as it seems.

 

It has taken blood, sweat, and some tears to bring the show to the audience. I couldn’t be more proud of the Wallace State tradition that trains truly wonderful and professional performers!”

After intermission, ACT II continued the evening’s performances with hardcore patriotic presentations:

• Seven Bridges Road
From Sea To Shining Sea
• Forever Country
• The Boondocks
A Tribute to the Armed Services:
• The Caissons Go Rolling Along
• Marine Hymn
• Coast Guard
• Anchors Aweigh
• US Air Force
• America, the Beautiful
• You’ll Never Walk Alone
Sing The Stars and Stripes:
• You’re A Grand Old Flag
• This Is My Country
Tribute To George Cohan:
• Yankee Doodle Dandy
• Over There
• You’re A Grand Old Flag

The above performance comes two years after a similar production celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college in which dozens of Wallace State Alumni joined the Wallace State Singers for the finale of the show.

The performers tonight were:

★ Duke Cleghorn
★ Julie Newton
★ Avery Jackson
★ Essence James
★ Eli Parker
★ Hannah Stinger
★ Samuel Hewitt
★ Cheyenne Teeling
★ Isaiah Washington
★ McCoy Cleghorn
★ Aladie Howse
★ Rayce Cleghorn
★ Samantha Drake
★ Taylor Martin
★ Abby Moody
★ Jorrelle Webster

Child Performers:

★ Vella Richter
★ Finley Hall
★ John Isaac Richter
★ Woof Minor
★ Zeke Barnett
★ Katie Oliver
★ Cross Minor

Technical Director: Noah Carpenter
Choreography: Lauren Cantrell Salerno
Director: Tiffiney Stone Richter

Beyond a mega-song and dance performance, ‘Sing America Sing! Songs That Celebrate America!’ is a fundraiser for the Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts department and their upcoming performance tour to Europe in 2019.

The prelude to this trip includes ’Stars Fell On Alabama: Music Inspired by a Southern State.’

This exciting performance, created by the faculty and students of Wallace State, will feature an unprecedented number of cast members, including Wallace State Singers, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Band, and members of the Wallace State Theatre.

The debut performances will run May 2nd through 4th in 2019 of the Betty Leeth Haynes Auditorium.

Afterward, the participants will take to show ‘on the road’ to Cullman’s sister city – Frankweiler, Germany – as well as Heidelberg, Strasburg, Paris, and Normandy France !’

Come out and support the cause and bring your friends to have some hot fun in the summertime tonight!

Shows will be at 7 pm nightly through Sunday at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre on the Hanceville campus.

The cost of admission to the nightly shows is only $10 per person.

Some of the above photographs by Wallace State Community College

Sing America Sing! Brings Joy, Tears, Unabashed Patriotism

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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