EACs Spring Sing 2015 Music of Living
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Thatcher, AZ—The curtains will rise on one of the most wickedly astounding musical events of the season, "EAC Spring Sing: Music of Living" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 23-25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Over the years, thousands of performers have stood on the stage to share their song and their passion with Gila Valley audiences.
This spring, the cast will defy gravity as EACompany, the music theater group, performs a stunning revue of "Wicked – the Musical." Oliva Crockett (Elphaba), and Megan Hunsaker (Glinda) bring to life this story of how two college roommates, though very different, become best of friends. The audience will be green with envy for not sharing the stage with this talented group. “EACompany reaches new heights in this rendition of Wicked,” says Dr. Bruce Bishop, director of EAC choirs. “This is a production not to be missed.”
Eastern Arizona College’s Choral Music Department has many students who devote hours in preparation for each performance. The result is an outstanding display of talent. Among the choir members are two individuals who will take the director’s podium to conduct. Travis Lunt (Duncan) will direct a beautiful anthem which he composed, My Shepherd, with the A Cappella Choir. Tara Cluff (Safford) will conduct the Women’s Chorale in a memorable setting of a Charles Dickens poem, Things That Never Die. “It is rare to have so many gifted student conductors at one time in a two-year school. They have directing skills you would expect from upperclassmen or graduate students at a university,” said Bishop, as he reflects on “Spring Sing.”
Music of Living is an inspired theme. In life, we often turn to music during good and bad times. Megan Hunsaker, a singer from Mesa had this to say: “Music is so inspirational and life changing. The Music of Living is such a great song and theme for a performance because music is so much a part of everyone’s lives. I am thankful for music in my life and those who have made it possible for me to progress so much. Music is amazing.” EAC’s Women’s Chorale extends an invitation to ponder memories; to delight with an African spiritual; and to feel the reverence of an Irish blessing.
“The ladies in Women’s Chorale have been working very hard this semester. They have collaborated very well to present a musically moving performance for our Spring Sing audiences,” says Trish Jordahl, Fine Arts division chair, and director of Women’s Chorale.
Tara Cluff, a music major graduating this spring and Women’s Chorale student conductor, will open with a beautiful arrangement of Things That Never Die. She says, “This journey with EAC has been challenging, rewarding, and very memorable. I look back on my experience and realize how much the professors care and push you to find excellence as well as provide you with the tools and assistance to guide you through this passage of life. Things That Never Die captures the essence of these feelings as I close one chapter of my life and turn the page on a new one, I will never forget the friendships, the music or those who have helped me pave my path. I will always have the fondest of memories when reflecting on my time at EAC.”
Dr. Bishop has created a many-faceted program with Men’s Chorus, A Cappella, and Company that includes the spirit of life, the road to love, and the loyalty of friends. “Men’s Chorus will have you walking the plank, delighting with brotherhood, and remembering heroes,” he says. “A Cappella will hold you spellbound with life’s journey as we discover who we are.” Bishop, through the rhythms, dynamics, emotions and pulses of the music, captures you as you fly through distant memories of life and love. A Cappella student director Travis Lunt ties it all together, saying, “It's always a pleasure directing the choir - everyone is there to work hard together so that we sound good. It’s wonderful how much feeling our choir puts into singing. I’ve especially seen that as I’ve been directing “My Shepherd.” It’s really been a privilege to get to see the expressions on the choir members’ faces as we are all on the same page musically and emotionally.”
There is no place like the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium as Dr. Bruce Bishop and EACompany present this masterful rendition of Wicked. “Come, bring the family, and join us in the Emerald City with Elphaba, Glinda, and cast. The dancing, the lights, the costumes, and the music you do not want to miss!” said Bishop.
Come and soar with Eastern Arizona College Choirs for “Spring Sing 2015: Music of Living” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23, 24, and 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the EAC Ticket Office (928) 428-8338, and at the door. EAC students will be admitted free with student ID. You can reserve down front or choose general admission in the rear section of the auditorium. Come celebrate life, love and loyalty in our “Spring Sing 2015: Music of Living” with Eastern Arizona College.