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Barrie show choir presents Christmas At the Movies beginning Friday

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

Last year's holiday show had Bravado Show Choir singing along to Santa with a saxophone. This year's adult and children's concerts, this weekend, feature a Christmas at the Movies theme. SUBMITTED

Last year's holiday show had Bravado Show Choir singing along to Santa with a saxophone. This year's adult and children's concerts, this weekend, feature a Christmas at the Movies theme. SUBMITTED

Barrie's show choir, Bravado, always likes do things a little differently and that includes Christmas.

This year, the 28 singers present a program of holiday movies, music that runs the gamut from classical and traditional to pop songs along with a few tunes that are pure fun.

"They make us all feel warm and fuzzy and there's great music -some unexpected, (which is) nice for Bravado - there are a lot of options to choose from," said choir director Katie Pergau.

She polled the choir for their favourites - she personally likes Scrooge the Musical - and she rounded it out with some other songs that suit Bravado's show style.

The choir is presenting two evening performances and one children's concert, a shorter version that includes pre-show activities from face-painting to crafts, such as noisemakers that can be used during the concert.

The children's concert will also feature a special surprise master of ceremonies and a visit from Santa.

The 21st season also marks a new member with accompanist Meaghan Ing. She will be joining the band, all well-known musicians in the community: Jay Rothenburg on electric bass; Allan Halford, percussion; Ian Ross, guitar; and Steve Lewis, upright bass.

Ing, who is a native of Barrie, has been involved in music since she was a young girl. She started out with piano and voice, acquiring her Grade 10 and 9, respectively, through the Royal Conservatory of Music and then moved into music theatre and performance at Sheridan College.

Since then she has appeared in numerous theatrical shows from Port Dover to Orillia and picked up a THEA award for Best Musical Direction for Little Women, South Simcoe Theatre. She's also performed as a vocalist with Baytowne Big Band, been an accompanist for the George Brown ballet program and currently teaches voice, piano and is involved the triple threat program at Moving Art, a local dance and performing arts studio for children and youth. One of Ing's students, Anastasia Stevens, will be featured playing the ukulele for one of Bravado's songs at the concert.

Pergau knew Ing, in part from her work, as the executive director of the Barrie Music Festival - Ing entered some of her students into the festival. She asked Ing to step in when an opening for a piano accompanist occurred with Bravado.

"(She's a) joy to work with (and) doing a fantastic job," said Pergau.

Joining Bravado appealed to Ing, in part because of her background in music theatre. She is also enjoying the opportunity to arrange music for the band as well as, on occasion, the choir.

It was high school musicals that initially captured Ing's interest in theatre. She went to Innisdale Secondary School. She started assistant music directing shows at Sheridan and has directed shows locally at South Simcoe Theatre, Moving Art and The Loft. For Ing, singing is an extension of theatre.

Bravado presents Christmas At The Movies on Friday and Saturday at Collier Street United Church. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the special children's matinee with pre-concert activities such as face-painting and crafts starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 for evening shows or $18 per adult for the matinee, $7 per child or $45 for family of four, available at Music Pro, MacLaren Art Centre, or by calling 705-737-2646. 



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