For anyone wanting to celebrate German Village through song, Wayne Owens has a performance for you.

For anyone wanting to celebrate German Village through song, Wayne Owens has a performance for you.

Owens, founder of the Village Singers, is searching for talent for "German Village: The Musical," a show that will celebrate the German Village Society's 50-year anniversary.

The first rehearsal is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Owens said he is looking for all vocal ranges. Participants don't have to live in German Village.

Singers will rehearse every Monday for an hour or so until the concerts, to be held May 8 and 9 at the Meeting Haus. Participation is free but the group is always looking for donations, Owens said.

"The best contribution you can make to the Village Singers is to attend our performances," he said. "They're $10 a pop."

The show -- one of the most ambitious in the group's nine-year history -- will highlight the various people, landmarks and events that have given German Village its identity, Owens said.

"This is extremely challenging," he said. "We have a 50-year timeline and there's no way we can include it all."

Owens said the songs will use new lyrics on old standards. The performance will be upbeat with humorous overtones.

"We're not going to get too serious over it," he said.

Local businesses are being asked to lend memorabilia for the stage setup, Owens said.

Aggie Carpenter joined the Village Singers in September, but has lived in the area since 1954. She believes the community is a colorful backdrop for a musical.

"I loved the neighborhood before German Village became German Village," she said. "I hope (audience members) come away with beautiful memories of bygone days."