German Village Gazette

Magic moments

Concert 'walk down memory lane,' music director says

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Magic Moments, the 13th annual show by the Village Singers, is special for Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the group.

"It's my era, when I grew up, and I wanted to do it," Owens said. "I'm an old doo-wopper from the '50s and I wanted to do this for several years and here we are."

The concert is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Tickets, $10 each, are available at the Meeting Haus in advance or at the time of performance.

Songs include popular numbers from the era, including Age of Aquarius, Don't be Cruel, Blue Moon, Everyday People and Cecilia. Audience participation, or group singalong, is welcome during intermission.

Karla Wright, music director for The Village Singers, said the concert repertoire features fun, popular songs that most people will know.

"It really is a walk down memory lane," she said. "As far as the music, we're doing so many people have memories that are associated with these songs."

In related news, there's a special dress rehearsal, where the patrons are given a sneak preview of the show along with food from Schmidt's, Thurman Cafe, Jimmy V's, Jeurgen's Bakery, Easy Street Cafe, Red Brick Tap & Grill and Hey Hey, and access to a cash bar.

The rehearsal is at 5:30 p.m. May 1 in the Meeting Haus. Admission is $100, which purchases two tickets to the dress rehearsal and two tickets to the Sunday show.

Money raised from the dress rehearsal goes directly into the Singers endowment fund.

This year, the group will award up to two separate $500 scholarships to students at Stewart Alternative Elementary School.

Students had to meet a financial need and express an interest in dance, drama, music and the arts.

Owens said 33 people, the most ever, will take the stage for Magic Moments. And 160 have participated over the years, with many returning, he said.

"It's been 13 years," he said.

"I can't say it's been a struggle. We're blessed with a lot of good core people who have been with us for 13 years.'

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