'Swing!' into Lees-McRae
Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre presents "Swing!" July 13 through Monday, July 18, on the LMC campus in Banner Elk.
"Two thirds rhythm and one third soul" is how Fats Walker defined the uniquely American form of popular music known as "swing."
According to the musical's advanced publicity, "Swing brought a nation out of the Depression and brought us through the war."
The production features music by the likes of Duke Ellington, William "Count" Basie and Benny Goodman. "Swing!" also features the dance revolution that shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, with styles like jive, swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast swing and hip-hop swing, with familiar tunes like "I'll Be Seeing You," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and many others.
Seasoned instrumentalists will accompany the production, with the singers, dancers and orchestra honoring veterans at each performance.
"Swing!" was originally directed and choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, with original concept by Paul Kelly.
From Wednesday to Monday, Aug. 3 to 8, LMC Summer Theatre will also present the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborative classic, "The Sound of Music," based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and suggested by "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers."
The Sound of Music will be presented Wednesday, Aug. 3, to Monday, Aug. 8.
Tickets for individual show performances at Hayes Auditorium are $30 for adults and $20 for students and children, with no refunds. Group sales opportunities are also available.
To request tickets by mail, send request to Tickets, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre, P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604.
For more information, call (828) 898-8709 or click to http://www.lmst.lmc.edu.