Baldwin Players present ‘Love is in the Air’

Published Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56 am (Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56 am)

“Love is in the Air,” a musical revue by The Baldwin Players, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Asbury Hall of the Baldwin United Methodist Church.

The musical revue features more than 20 members of The Baldwin Players either singing some of the greatest love songs or performing skits centering around a love theme.

Director Linda Matthews said the Valentine’s weekend event was a great opportunity for members to showcase their vocal talents.

“Since we generally produce only comedies in a dinner-theatre setting during our regular season, we thought this would be a great opportunity for some of our members to showcase their vocal talent,” Matthews said. “I think our patrons will be excited to hear some of these people sing and surprised to hear just how good they are.”

Marian Bollman, who has been assisting the cast in preparing their vocal selections, will also direct her own singing group in a medley from the musical “Leader of the Pack.” Both Bollman and Eddie Poellot are serving as accompanists for the revue.

Long-standing members Paul and Priscilla Laughlin will perform in a scene from “Mother of the Bride” while the “Singing Nuns,” a group of women who recently performed as the nuns in the Heritage Players production of “The Sound of Music,” have joined together again to perform several songs, including “Follow Him” from the movie “Sister Act.” The nuns consist of Katie Logan, Laura Palko, Mi Mi Clavir, Diane McCauley, Emily Shawgo, Nancy Shawgo, Annie Shaw, Mary Rigatti, Amy Platz and Matthews.

Mary Randolph and Jim Critchfield will sing the comedic duet “The Song That Goes Like This” from the musical “Spamalot.”

Beth Steinberg, who’s one-woman show “Carousel of Costumes,” is a fan favorite throughout the area, will bring three of those characters to life for The Baldwin Players: Betty Boop, Mae West and Marilyn Monroe. Steinberg’s characters talk about their lives and sing memorable songs from their careers as Steinberg changes into representative costumes for each character.

Solo performances include Jim Glockl (“What I Did for Love), Nancy Shawgo (“Bless the Broken Road”), Brian Foreman (“Danny Boy”), Krissy Penn (“How Do You Know You’re in Love”) and Savannah Rankin (“Close”). Foreman and Logan will be performing the duet “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.”

Tickets for the show are $8. Reservations may be made by calling 412-881-1002.

David Grande, acting president of The Baldwin Players, said the revue is serving a dual purpose.

“Besides giving a number of our members to showcase their vocal talents, the revue is serving as a fundraising event for The Baldwin Players,” he said. “We are in desperate need of replacing our lighting equipment and computerizing it. We’re hopeful this event – and gifts from members and patrons – will kick start our fundraising drive to come into the 21st century, at least from a lighting standpoint.”

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