The Sound Company Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge presents Songs of Seuss in historic Grove Theater this weekend. Performances are scheduled for Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m.
“The rhetorical dexterity of Theodor Seuss Geisel, which inspired the stylings of ‘Seussical the Musical’ on Broadway, is inspiring our young performers today to stretch their imaginations and creativity,” said Sound Company director Katy Wolfe.
“Sound Company vocalists, from elementary to high school ages, will be singing selections from ‘Seussical,’ exploring new ways to express visually and aurally a sense of wonder at the world around them,” Wolfe said in a press release. “Just like the original works of Dr. Seuss, these songs can entertain young and old alike!”
During the performance, you may recognize a certain cat in a red striped hat, the press release said.
“Our musicians may be celebrating time for monkeying around. An elephant named Horton has inspired songs that remind us, “a person’s a person, no matter how small!” Songs of Seuss is a delightful journey in examination of how we perceive and interact with ourselves and others. Songs like “Oh The Thinks You Can Think” evoke an open-minded view of the world.
In Sound Company tradition, graduating seniors are polishing their solo performances to share as a special part of this spring concert. The choir will also perform an original number composed by director Terry Silver-Alford, titled “You Decide.”
Sound Company Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge has been serving the East Tennessee area since 2003 as its premiere nonprofit children’s choral performance organization. Through the years, Sound Company has performed with both the Oak Ridge and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras, in various community events, and even in Switzerland.
Limited tryouts for new members are open each August. Show Choir camp is offered to children from surrounding areas each summer. More information about camps is available on the Sound Company website.
Sound Company provides music education for children from primary and secondary schools throughout East Tennessee. Wolfe is the masters of fine arts voice teacher for the University of Tennessee, while longtime director Silver-Alford teaches musical theater performance at UT. Director Mariana Garciagodoy is in UT’s graduate choral conducting program, and director Kathy Gillenwaters graduated from esteemed Emory and Henry College.
Ticket prices for Songs of Seuss are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Advance tickets from any Sound Company member are available at a $1 discount off the regular box office price. You may inquire about advance tickets at the group’s Facebook page.
The Grove Theater is at High Places Community Church at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge.