‘Red, Hot & Blue’ to celebrate 25th anniversary of Allied Arts Council
“Red, Hot and Blue, " a musical journey of the music of America, will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24, on the Cleveland State Community College Johnston Theatre stage.
In 2001, the “Red, Hot & Blue” traveling exhibit, originally offered by the Smithsonian, offered to our community by the Museum Center at Five Points. Since this traveling exhibit offered a celebration of American film and theater music and their reflection of our American tastes, lifestyles and driving spirit, Connie Gatlin, with the museum during its early years, decided to bring voice, rhythm and life to the exhibit. She created a theater production to be called “Red, Hot and Blue” to accompany the exhibit display while it was in Cleveland.
Casting local singers, musicians and dancers, the local community theater version of “Red, Hot and Blue” was shared with the music lovers of the Ocoee Region.
During this 25th anniversary celebration of the local Allied Arts Council, it was decided to bring the musical back for an encore presentation.
“Red, Hot and Blue” will sing its way into the hearts of current audiences. In cooperation with Cleveland State Community College, the show will be presented on the stage of the Johnston Theatre at CSCC.
Directed by show originator and original director Connie Gatlin, the show has Kyle Elrod as musical director and keyboard accompanist.
With a cast of more than 30, the show highlights the “best” of Broadway and film of the last 50 years. Audience members will hear many of their favorites as some of the best voices in our region re-create film and stage moments from the shows that have defined the arts scene for the last five decades.
The show opens with a sequential rendition of songs that move us through “Our Country at War.” We then travel from the “West Coast to the East” while “Dancin’ Down the Decades.” “That Old American Spirit” and “Words of Inspiration” take us to that part of the show where “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.” There are duets, solos, ensemble pieces and company offerings. After a nod to the “British Invasion,” the icing on the finale cake brings a beautiful, heartfelt rendition of “Kiss Today Goodbye” and then “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
A delightful feature of this cast is the addition of two very special guests who are lending their talents to the group. Audience members will recognize many artists from local performances and church choirs, but two faces will stand out a bit. Greg Glover, from WRCB-TV News, will be singing with this cast.
The second special guest is Jeremi Richardson. He appeared in the first show 17 years ago, and is graciously making it possible to be in Cleveland for this time and perform for his friends and family in this production.
Additional cast members are Jonathan Cantrell, Kevin Roberts, Tony Pharr, David Clark, Tony Mattace, Scott Chism, Fred Carder, Dustin Roberts, Scott Griffith, Lisa Geren, Nancy Casson, Jeanne Sawyer, Kathy Karnes, Phyllis Altopp, Danielle Calfee, Sabrina Calfee, Lisa Gates Cote, Tammy Bentley, Tammy Ashton, Judy Robinson, Kylie Kidd. Jennifer Hammonds is working as production assistant, and numerous volunteers are assisting.
Tickets for the performances are on sale at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, 472-6587.
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