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Village Singers

Choral group looks for new talent for spring show

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The Village Singers are making "Memories."

The German Village choral group is now rehearsing for its spring show, which will feature songs from departed artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and the Mamas and the Papas.

Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of Singers, said the show honors the past as well as broadens the group's repertoire.

"We have a wider selection of music to choose from than we've ever had," Owens said.

"I can go from opera to country to pop," he said. "It just gives me a wide range of musical selections."

The troupe is accepting new singers through February. As usual, all vocal ranges and talent levels are accepted, and auditions are not required. However, there is a $25 fee for joining. Students pay $5.

Musicians also are welcome, Owens said.

"We want to hear them," he said. "If we can showcase them, great.

"We can incorporate them into our programming."

Those interested in joining can show up at rehearsals, held at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

The group is having fun by reworking some standards, Owens said. For example, someone has put words to Dave Brubeck's classic Take Five.

Director Karla Wright and accompanist Quinton Jones have returned for another season.

"I think it's a great show," Wright said. "And I think it's really nice to be able to honor those people who have left us a great legacy of music."

That includes some more modern performers, such as Whitney Houston, John Denver and Michael Jackson.

"It's going to be a really nice variety," she said.

"Memories" will be performed May 11-12 in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

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