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Song fest: Center Players so favorites in 'We Go Together'

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Piper Niphakis (front) along with Della Pierce (left) and Isabelle Keeling, practice for their performance of "Step Sisters Lament" at the Arts of the Albemarle. The scene is part of the Center Players' production "We Go Together", set for Feb.15-16 at 7 p.m. at the Maguire Theatre.

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BY ANNA GOODWIN MCCARTHY
Correspondent

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Whether it is a Broadway favorite from “Guys and Dolls” or the theme song from the television show, “Friends,” The Center Players have chosen their favorite songs to perform at their winter showcase, “We Go Together.”

Bright smiles and exuberant voices resonate from the stage as The Center Players perform on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Arts of the Albemarle.

“It is impossible not to sing along,” said Jo Ellen Aspinwall, who is the AoA School of the Arts director and the director of the Center Players.

The Center Players is a performing arts program for children in third through twelfth grade at the AoA.

“With the winter showcase, I wanted to give the kids a chance to choose the music,” said Aspinwall, who is directing the showcase. “It is music they are interested in.”

The theme of the showcase is “The Ups and Downs of Love.”

The show commences with the entire ensemble singing, “We Go Together,” from the musical “Grease.”

“There are several solos and duets,” said Aspinwall. “It is a collection of songs, dances, scenes and monologues.”

Aspinwall said one of the numbers includes an original scene written by Center Player Ivey Brown titled “A Modern Day Romeo and Juliet.”

“She brought it into a modern context,” said Aspinwall.

“In a solo from ‘Guys and Dolls’ Abby Bright sings about being in love for the first time,” said Aspinwall.

Aspinwall said The Center Players also selected songs about the love between families and friends.

Center Player Jacob Spencer sings as the character, Gomez, to his daughter, Wednesday, in the song “Happy/Sad” from “The Addams Family” musical.

“It is really a beautiful song,” said Aspinwall.

Center Players Della Pierce and Isabelle Keeling sing a “Stepsisters’ Lament” to Cinderella.

Aspinwall said the Center Players had four and a half weeks to rehearse for the show.

“We started practicing on Jan. 8,” said Aspinwall.

The songs chosen are well known songs, and the audience will be familiar with many of the selections.

“It will be a nostalgic evening for some people,” said Aspinwall.

 

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