NEW PHILADELPHIA — For its season finale, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic will bring award-winning songs and scenes of Broadway to the stage with the help of members of the community, at 7:30 p.m. on June 2 at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia.
The orchestra and friends will create a series of Broadway scenes, beginning with "New York, New York" from On the Town, as performed by Tom Morris, Chad Roberts and Larry Sams. The three men are actively involved in local school theater productions and The Little Theatre.
Sams will sing the emotional tune "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables and Sams and Roberts will return to the stage for a scene from "The Producers," which includes the song "We Can Do It."
Brianna Swinford, a Dover High School student with theater credits from performances at The Little Theatre and Players Guild Theatre in Canton, will perform "On My Own," a passionate song sung by the character Éponine in Les Miserables.
Her mother, Heidi Swinford, has extensive theater credits that include performances with the Players Guild Theatre in Canton, Millennial Theatre Project and Akron Symphony. She will join Maestro Eric Benjamin as they perform "The Rain in Spain" from My Fair Lady together.
The Swinfords will also sing together, performing "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man" from Wonderful Town.
Throughout the evening, the orchestra will perform a variety of Broadway melodies from hit musicals, such as Candide, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and others. And the concert will close with an unforgettable full-stage performance of "You Can’t Stop the Beat" from Hairspray.
The evening will be guided by emcee Allison Morris, board president at The Little Theatre and language arts teacher at Sandy Valley Local Schools.
Chey Schubert brought her skills as show designer and choreographer to the Night on Broadway production. She has directed more than 30 musicals in local high schools and The Little Theatre, and she is currently a teaching artist at the Canton YWCA.
The Philharmonic will host a Wine-Tasting Fundraiser in the lobby before the concert, beginning at 6 p.m. Serving some of their favorite selections will be five local wineries Baltic Mill, Raven’s Glenn, School House, Swiss Heritage and Yellow Butterfly. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door to those presenting concert tickets. A commemorative stemless wineglass will be included.
Tickets are available at www.TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office, 330-308-6400. Tickets range from $24 to $36, with student and senior discounts available.
The concert is made possible thanks to generous contributions from the community.
Guarantors include Dover-Phila Credit Union and Progressive Foam Technologies. Sponsors include AloNovus Corp.; Boltaron, Inc.; ProVia; Tuscarawas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc.; and Zimmer Biomet. And co-sponsors include Karol Lindow and Pipes Insurances Services, Ltd.
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic is a professional orchestra with adult and children’s choruses, and summer music camps for young musicians. To support these ongoing programs, visit the Philharmonic website and become a contributing partner.