The Carthage Music Club capped off a wonderful year of musical study and entertainment with a look back at musical theater highlights at the final meeting of the year held in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Panola College.
Sandra Bauer presented the program, Movie Musical Mayhem, with a video medley of songs from the 1964 Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof, which won nine Tony Awards. Tori Windham, playing the role of Hodel, sang “Far from the Home I Love”, accompanied by her grandmother Joyce Hughes.
Next, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera was presented. This musical has won seven Tony Awards. Soprano Marcia McKillop introduced “Think of Me” from the production with Judy Galetar on piano.
Additionally, the romantic musical Crazy for You was highlighted with a video performance of a song and dance number “I Can’t Be Bothered Now”. This 1992 show featured music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Singer Dwaine Hubbard performed “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, accompanied by Elizabeth Morris.
The finale was a duet of Anissa Jackson and Kristy Cawthon, who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, her kind and generous sister. They performed “For Good” from the 2003 musical Wicked. Becky Gullette provided the backing.
Club president Dwaine Hubbard read the lyrics to “New York, New York” to set the mood for Broadway shows.
Hubbard chaired the business meeting, which included reading of the minutes by Elinor Humphreys and the treasurer’s report by David Yarbrough. National Music Week Chair Carolyn Copeland reported on local music activities during the first week of May.
Members voted to purchase a Kinetic Musical Ball for All-Abilities Park. This addition to the Concert Garden will allow children to spin a ball that plays a variety of children’s songs.
Cawthon led the audience in singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”, accompanied by Sarah Baker.
The reunion hostesses were McKillop, Cawthon and Humphreys. Other members present were Baker, Bauer, Copeland, Galetar, Stephen George, Gullette, Jacinda Gwinn, Hubbard, Hughes, Jackson, Nancy Langford, Morris, Claire Windham, Tori Windham and Yarbrough.