Flood, Trudell jazz it up for PAPA

<p>Singer Brooke Flood and Tom Trudell at the piano provided an afternoon of jazz at the Fort Columbia Theater as a fundraiser for Peninsula Association of Performing Artists.</p>

    Fort Columbia State Park — Tom Trudell on piano and Brooke Flood’s voice jazzed it up at a fundraiser concert for Peninsula Association of Performing Artists (PAPA) at the Fort Columbia Theater Sunday afternoon, June 24.

     Trudell tickled the ivories and Flood’s voice flowed from high notes to low as the pair played and sang a wide variety of ever-popular classic jazz tunes. Flood, who is a junior at George Fox University, and Trudell, who teaches history at Ilwaco High School, without a doubt created a delightful chemistry when it came to delivering 14 always-lively jazz numbers for the audience of about 50. PAPA Vice-president Sam Burton introduced the pair, operated the lighting system, and also sang “When I Fall in Love” during the afternoon.

    Austin Flame sang a song from PAPA’s upcoming musical “Into the Woods” that will run from July 13 through Aug. 5 at the Fort Columbia Theater. Later Flame sang “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight?” He was accompanied by Barbara Poulshock, who is also Flood’s long-time voice teacher.

    PAPA has worked out an agreement with the State Parks Department for use of the theater and no Discovery Pass is needed for patrons while attending performances in Fort Columbia State Park. PAPA has upgraded seating, installed a LED lighting system, and improved the sound system in the theater that was built in the late 1800s and later used as a key part of the military base that was there.

    Trudell came to Naselle in 1998 to teach history and later moved to Ilwaco High School where he still is a history instructor. On Friday evenings he plays during the dinner hour beginning at about 5:30 p.m. at the Shelburne Inn and on either Saturday or Sunday evenings he does the same at Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

    Flood is working this summer at Flood Farms in Klipsan Beach and she is the daughter of Gary and Cindy Flood. She is studying theater at George Fox and has performed in several PAPA musicals over the past several years.

    Trudell and Flood performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “L-O-V-E,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Summertime,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

    After an intermission and refreshments, they then performed “Honey Suckle Rose,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Killing Me Softly,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Sway,” and “What a Wonderful World.”

    And it was a truly wonderful afternoon of music. All proceeds were donated to PAPA. For more information on upcoming musicals, to purchase tickets, or to take part in one of PAPA’s productions, go to their website, www.papatheatre.org.



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