The Northland Barbershop Chorus presents its 54th Annual Show!
“TONY AND THE TIME MACHINE – A BARBERSHOP ODYSSEY”
~ An original Barbershop Comedy – written by Bob Shami ~
The Sault, Ontario Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is proud to announce its 54th Annual Show
Sat. April 7th, 2018
Doors Open: 6:45pm
Showtime/Curtain: 7:30 p.m.
Sault Community Theatre Centre
All Tickets: General Admission – $28.00* CDN Funds
Available at: Theatre Centre Box Office* (Station Mall) Hess Jewellers (Churchill Plaza) Any member of the Northland Chorus Soo Theatre/STARS (534 Ashmun St. Soo, Mich.) online at http://www.saultctc.ca
* A $4.00/ticket service charge is added by the Mall Box Office to all tickets they sell. Box Office price is $28.00 + $4.00 = $32.00
Headline quartet from New York City: ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT‘
Show info can be found here: http://www.northlandchorus.com/annual-show.html
World Class Barbershop Quartet from New York City. An award-winning “a cappella” quartet of music educators. They sing primarily in the barbershop style and demonstrate how close harmony can be applied to different musical genres such as R&B, pop, jazz, and rock. They finished 10th in the world at last summer’s International Barbershop Quartet Competition held in Las Vegas, NV. http://www.roundmidnightquartet.com/
DID YOU KNOW….
A major portion of the show proceeds go, as always, to the Speech-Language Pathology Unit at Sault Area Hospital in support of local speech therapy programs. As of this show, more than $95,000 will have been donated by the Northland Chorus to this cause since 1995. Several thousand more has been donated to the Speech Dept at War Memorial Hospital in Soo, MI. Their support of local Speech Therapy Services is in keeping with their motto:
“We Sing … That They Shall Speak.”
The Northland Chorus has set a lifetime goal to contribute $100,000 to Sault Area Hospital not later than their 2019 show. Revenue derived from the annual show is their only source for donations to the Hospital.
More information about the long history of support of the local Speech Therapy services in both Sault’s by the Northland Chorus can be viewed on their website here: http://www.northlandchorus.com/about/our-service-project-we-sing-that-they-shall-speak.html
The Sault Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society was founded in 1961. Many men who enjoy singing and who might consider joining the chorus have at times been reluctant to attend a rehearsal because they have been influenced by many cultural stereotypes regarding just what exactly “barbershop” music is and is not. Or, they are uncertain if they have the skills needed to join a group like The Northland Chorus. We thought it would be fun to do a show wherein a prospective member is taken on a trip through history using a barber chair as a Time Machine to learn about barbershop singing – from its roots in barbershops in the late 1800’s to what it is today. The Barbershop Harmony Society was started in 1938 in Tulsa Oklahoma by two gentlemen, Rupert Hall and O.C. Cash, who invited 14 friends to a “Songfest” in the Rooftop Garden of the Tulsa Club in April 1938. By the 3rd week, the number of singers up on the roof numbered 150! Today more than 80,000 men and women sing in organized barbershop chapters. An organized Society was founded in 1938 for one reason: to preserve the turn-of –the-century songs its founders sang in their youth.
The Northland Barbershop Chorus logo represents an iconic barbershop singer whose International Bridge/handlebar moustache is symbolic of our membership coming from both sides of the border. The red, white and blue colours represent the colours of the flags of both nations. The four bars in the hat represent the 4-part harmony that is the hallmark of the barbershop style, and recall the stripes of a traditional barber pole. The “oh” vowel being sung is the first sound in each country’s national anthem.
This is exactly what Barbershop Chapters do today – only the songs of our youth can be anywhere from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s right through the 80’s and 90’s. No song is off limits if it lends itself to a cappella harmony.
Along the way we will confront many of the common stereotypes: “You have to know how to read music or be a soloquality singer”, “All you sing are boring ballads”, “Barbershop music is from a bygone era, with songs mainly from100 years ago”, “You wear dated straw hats and striped shirts with arm bands and look like Jimmy Fallon’s “Ragtime Gals”, “Barbershop is a hobby mostly for old guys” etc. All not true!
Barbershop is not an era, rather it is a style of singing any kind of music from pretty much any era – so long as it’s got the potential for four-part harmony. Music on this show will range from a 1910 Barbershop standard, through music from performers as diverse as the Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby, The Everly Brothers, The Cascades, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Leonard Cohen and Bugs Bunny! From its origins in the late 1800’s on street corners and barbershops, through the formation of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1938, to the present day, our show explains why this unique style of music remains popular with men of all ages: mainly because it’s fun to sing!
The 40+ man chorus will present songs in traditional 4-part a cappella harmony within the context of an original play written by chorus director Bob Shami. The prospective member is dentist: Dr. Phil N. Yankem (KEN JONES). His guide through time and the barbershop universe is a barber: Tony Tenorre (DR.TOM LEHMAN) Tony’s barber chair doubles as his time travel vehicle, but be careful and “Don’t touch-a the red button!” Other characters include MATTHEW DOHERTY (Newsboy), MARIE BUJOLD-VALLÉE (Dental Assistant Ginger Vitas) and JESSE LETHBRIDGE (Bill Singer). LEE ANN PEARSON handles stage direction.