By Tamas Mondovics
“Attractive Young People Singing,” a musical revue featuring less-known songs from musical theatre is set to entertain guests in Mountain City this week. For the first time, former Barter Theatre actor and director Karen Sabo, now Artistic Producer, In/Visible Theatre of Boone along with her husband the theatre’s artistic director, Derek Davidson are both excited to bring their work to Mountain City.
“We have started our own theatre here in Boone, NC, and are convinced that while music is heard instead of seen, some music is worthy of more visibility.”
Karen emphasized that bringing little-known songs to light is the force behind “Attractive Young People Singing” a 50-minute show featuring four talented young performers in musical theatre. The show opened on Monday, June 18, and is scheduled to play through June 23, visiting various locations in the High Country region, including Mountain City on Friday, June 22, at 7 pm in the Vistas restaurant in the Red Tail Mountain Club in Mountain City, Tennessee.
“Most of us know composers like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many know new hit musicals like the current Broadway smash ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and the stage adaptation of ‘Frozen.’” Karen said, adding, “But these composers also have great songs from shows earlier in their careers, from musicals that never hit it big or that have been forgotten. We showcase these hidden songs in our revue.”
Derek said that since some artists do not want to live in big cities, but love living in beautiful small towns like Boone, In/Visible Theaters gives them opportunities to perform here where they love to live.
“Luckily, we have so many talented young people in this area that we were easily able to cast from our local talent pool,” Derek said.
Singers featured include Elizabeth Mason Moore, a theatre student at Appalachian State University; Stephen Redmon-Bryum, a graduate of the theatre program at Lees-McRae College; A.J. Ugenti, formerly of Greensboro College and a graduate of Watauga High School’s drama program. Also included Eileen Dixon, formerly of the B.F.A. theatre program at Emory and Henry College, now an acting student at Appalachian State.
The accompanist is Allison Bishop, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in piano from Appalachian State, and is a finalist in the upcoming Rosen-Schaffel music competition. Audience members can purchase tickets and find more information at www.invisibletheatreNC.org, or call 828-278-4448. For more information, contact In/Visible Artistic Producer Karen Sabo at [email protected], or at 828.964.6924