Breast Cancer Awareness
|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Camelot recalls music of the '30s and '40s

    'Spotlight on the Girl Singers of the Big Band Era' features Gayle Wilson
  • For its final musical spotlight of the 2008 season, Camelot Theatre Company will focus on the feisty and talented female vocalists of the big-band era. "Spotlight on the Girl Singers of the Big Band Era" stars Gayle Wilson and boasts a seven-piece band.
    • email print
    • if you go
      What: "Spotlight on the Girl Singers of the Big Band Era"
      When: Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov, 14, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23
      Where: Ca...
      » Read more
      X
      if you go
      What: "Spotlight on the Girl Singers of the Big Band Era"

      When: Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov, 14, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23

      Where: Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent

      Tickets: $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2

      Call: 535-5250
  • For its final musical spotlight of the 2008 season, Camelot Theatre Company will focus on the feisty and talented female vocalists of the big-band era. "Spotlight on the Girl Singers of the Big Band Era" stars Gayle Wilson and boasts a seven-piece band.
    The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23.
    Throughout the 1930s and '40s, these young "girl singers" traveled in a man's world as they graced the bandstands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and the Dorsey brothers, among others.
    Some of these singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, had difficult childhoods and could have easily gone another way. Some were sensuous songbirds such as Marion Hutton, Helen Forrest, Kay Starr and Jo Stafford.
    And some were rebels, such as the notorious Billie Holiday who couldn't keep a regular gig, Anita O'Day who rejected the trademark gown in favor of a tuxedo jacket and skirt, or Dinah Washington, who carried not one gun, but two.
    Their stories are accompanied by 20 popular songs that include "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing," "Green Eyes," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "I Only Have Eyes For You."
    Wilson learned many big-band era jazz standards from her mother, a piano player in dance bands in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. "My mom came from a musical family," Wilson says in a press release. "In those days, all my aunts and uncles played in bands. As a kid growing up, we had the most fantastic music parties at our house!"
    Wilson's music combos are a regular part of the Rogue Valley jazz scene. In past musical spotlights at Camelot, Wilson has covered Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, The Andrews Sisters and Doris Day.
    Jazz musician Dal Carver is the music director and arranger for the "Girl Singers" spotlight. Carver has directed and arranged, as well as played keyboards, for several Camelot musical spotlights, most recently, "Spotlight on Tony Bennett."
    The show's band features Michael Vannice (tenor sax and flute), Pat DeBellis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Daryl Fjeldheim (alto sax, clarinet and flute), Brent Olstad (piano), Brent Norton (guitar), Dave Miller (bass) and Steve Sutfin (drums).
    David Gabriel is narrating the show. Camelot audiences have seen Gabriel as John Adams in "1776" and as the Baker in "Into the Woods." Most recently, he was Tony Bennett in Camelot's "Spotlight on Tony Bennett."
    Tickets are $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2. Tickets are available online at CamelotTheatre.org, by phone, or at the theater box office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.
    Call 535-5250.
Reader Reaction

      calendar