RAYMOND - "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... " At least around the Raymond Theatre where 4Cast and Triple Threat are set to open the "Sunday Afternoon Live" 2007-08 concert season at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25.
"4Cast" is an outstanding vocal quartet which made its debut at Hoquiam's 7th Street Theatre in April 2004 with an enthusiastically received program of Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway favorites, and has since performed at Grays Harbor's Musicale (scholarship benefit concert), at the Music Teachers' National Association conference banquet on board the Royal Argosy cruise ship on Seattle's Elliott Bay, and at the Washington State Music Teachers' Association State Conference at Ocean Shores, among other venues.
The quartet, featuring Patty Lemon, Christine Hill, Ted Spoon and Keith Krueger, with Merry Jo Zimmer at the piano, are well known throughout Grays Harbor.
Triple Threat is a trio of Montesano High School girls who are making their mark on the local music scene. Made up of senior Laura Hill and juniors Lacey Goble and Kathleen Esses, they will open the Nov. 25 performance. All three, private voice students of Christine Hill who just happens to be Laura's mom, are members of the band and jazz band and have been involved in musical theater at their high school. In addition, each has appeared in many of the popular GHC summer youth theater productions. Recently the girls were referred to as Triple Treat! While this youthful trio may pose a "threat" to other musical groups, "treat" is certainly a well-chosen adjective to describe them!
Triple Threat and 4Cast will create a holiday spirit with an uplifting program of old and new holiday favorites to warm the heart. From the trio's introductory medley from "The Polar Express" to 4Cast's finale, "Cantique de Noel/O Holy Night" with Christine Hill's stirring choral arrangement, the music of Christmas is sure to invite the listener into the peace and beauty of the season. Laura Hill, Kathy Lauckhart and Merry Jo Zimmer will provide counterpoint with drum, flute and tambourine.
And there is more. Kathy Lauckhart will be generous with the lyrical notes on her "magic flute,' an instrument she has played since she became one of the first girls to play in the Aberdeen High School Band in 1962.
Last but certainly not least, SAL's premiere season opener will showcase the talents of Jacek Lerych, a native of Warsaw, Poland, who discovered the cello by accident in 1999 when his son gave up playing the instrument. After playing violin for some three decades, Jacek picked up the abandoned cello to keep it from gathering dust and in the process found his true calling. He has since regularly played in the Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra and can usually be found in the pit orchestra for GHC's musical productions.
Tickets, $12 at the door on the day of performance, are $10 presale and may be purchased at South Bend Pharmacy, Sandra's Art and Frame, and the Pacific County Historical Museum in South Bend, or at Sagen's Pharmacy and the Raymond Theatre box office in Raymond; by sending an self-addressed stamped envelope to SAL, P.O. Box 41, South Bend, WA 98586, or calling 360-942-5831.
Raymond Federal Bank is the sponsor for this concert, with the Raymond Drug Co. providing sound sponsorship. Following the performance, the Eastern Garden Chinese restaurant, located next door to the theatre and a "triple treat" of its own, will graciously open its doors to theater patrons for dinner.
Be sure to "Have yourself a merry little Christmas ... " starting with 4Cast and Triple Threat, Nov. 25 at the Raymond Theatre. Curtain goes up at 2 p.m.