HUNTERSVILLE – There aren’t many local entertainment options that feature music from “Annie,” “Les Miserables,” “Green Acres” and “Peter Pan” all in one show.
But the Central Piedmont Community Chorus and Chorale, a 50-member group in its 35th year operating as a continuing education class through Central Piedmont Community College, will do just that at its spring revue.
Charlotte-based CPCC opened its first satellite campus, Merancas, in Huntersville in 1990. The lake campus is home to the school’s public safety and transportation systems programs.
“Everlasting Melodies,” the school chorus’s upcoming show, will offer people of all ages a mixture of childhood’s favorite tunes from cartoons, books and movies as well as melodies which have endured for generations.
Linda Holden, spokesperson for the show, moved to Cornelius with her family 32 years ago for Lake Norman’s robust economic opportunities, yet she still maintains her distinct New Jersey accent.
“I’ve always liked music, but I’d never done anything with music, so it was on my bucket list to look into singing and get more involved,” she said.
Five years ago, a friend finally talked her into joining the chorus, even though she didn’t have a musical background.
“I love it,” she said. “At every one of our concerts, nine out of 10 songs are ones everyone has heard.”
Kitty Soesbee, a chorus member for more than 30 years, couldn’t agree more.
“The show is very entertaining, and it’s enjoyable and relaxing because it’s such great music, and the price is right,” she said. “We’re just normal people. None of us are professionals, but people like to hear us. And it’s right in Huntersville, so no one has to go to Charlotte.”
She said the songs, many from famous Broadway plays, are the types that are stuck in the public consciousness. Music from TV programs like “The Simpsons” and the 1960s classic “Mister Ed” also find a place in “Everlasting Melodies.”
Show Director Charles Morrow, a 2004 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University School of Music, has taught music in the Charlotte area for almost eight years and worked with conductors such as Andre Thomas, Weston Noble and Craig Dennison.
“More than half of the songs that we’re doing come from Walt Disney movies like ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Soesbee said. “We even have a beautiful, blonde 19-year-old girl who’ll be Tinker Bell, handing out magic wands to children, so they can go through the audience and tap people, granting them wishes.”
Soesbee said the chorus also attracts international au pairs who are looking to brush up on their English and vocal skills since the program is offered through a college.
“This year we have one girl from Germany and two from Argentina. And when the girl from Germany first started singing, our chins hit the floor,” she said.
Want to go? “Everlasting Melodies” will hit the stage June 1 at 8 p.m. and June 2 at 3 p.m. at Huntersville United Methodist Church, located at 14005 Stumptown Road. Tickets cost $12, and children younger than 10 get in free. Details: 704-875-1471.