The Village Singers next weekend will debut a new sound and look with group's first production under a new director.

The Village Singers next weekend will debut a new sound and look with group's first production under a new director.

The Singers will perform, "The Best of Times ... Broadway Comes to Third Street" at 7 p.m. May 9 and 3 p.m. May 10 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Tickets are $10. Seating is limited.

Last year, John Carter, the Village Singers' first director, left the group. After a search, he was replaced by Bexley resident Karen Chitu, who is the accompanist for the Columbus Maennerchor and organist at Brookwood Presbyterian Church.

"She has gone beyond my greatest hopes," said Wayne Owens, the group's founder. "She has settled in very comfortably. It's just been a great time."

Some of the changes that came along with a new director included more movement and solos. The group's previous productions resembled classic choir concerts.

"We've departed from the kind of concert where we essentially just stood there," Chitu said. "I wanted to showcase the fact that we have quite an amazing amount of talent, and Broadway lends itself to that. We have a whole bunch of soloists. That's the direction we've taken it."

The performance will include songs from musicals such as "A Chorus Line," "Anything Goes," "Show Boat" and "Godspell." Capital University student Quinton Jones will be the accompanist.

Chitu said one of the reasons the group decided to depart from a more traditional chorus format was because a new member had a background in theatre production.

"It is a little unnerving to some of the older people but it's working very well," Owens said. "This music lends itself to movement."

Owens said the group, which has about 25 members, had considered putting on a Broadway show for several years, but never found the appropriate time.

Chitu said the most difficult part of putting the production together was winnowing the selection of songs to a reasonable number.

"We've just widened the appeal," Owens said. "I think everybody loves Broadway. I think our show next year will be Broadway also; there is so much music."

The Singers consist of music enthusiasts from throughout Columbus. The group performs two concerts a year, the second of which is in the winter months.