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Colorado Springs Children's Chorale performs in 'Broadway Blockbusters'

May 30, 2013 Updated: May 30, 2013 at 11:10 am
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photo - Deanna Cooper
Deanna Cooper 

These babies are bound for Broadway. So get your tickets before they hit The Bigs.

Nearly 200 young singers, ages 6 to 18, from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale will perform "Broadway Blockbusters," an afternoon of classic songs from some of the biggest hit musicals. The show is Sunday at the Pikes Peak Center.

For more than 20 years, the chorale has done a big spring performance at the Pikes Peak Center. For the last 10 years, the shows have been Broadway musical based. It's a way to introduce the material into the chorale's repertoire, says Jen Louden, stage director, drama coach, choreographer and an alumnus of the chorale.

This year, the chorale's going in a more traditional direction. They've chosen blockbuster musicals that have made it onto the silver screen. With one exception: "Cats" has yet to be made into a movie.

Expect songs from shows such as "The Sound of Music," "Annie," "Les Mis?ables," "Chicago" and "A Chorus Line."

"They're all magical shows," says Louden. "They cover several decades, and give a rich history of Broadway."

Sometimes the kids are familiar with the material, Louden says - "Do-Re-Mi" from "The Sound of Music." And sometimes they're not - "All That Jazz" from "Chicago."

"We program a little bit of well-known songs for audiences and the kids, and then some they don't know," Louden says. "We do upbeat things (all the way) to ballads."

Many of the kids in chorale dream of a music career, and Broadway is high on the list.

Thirteen-year old Deanna Cooper, who just graduated from seventh grade at Holmes Middle School, is one of them. She joined the chorale at age6, and will sing her first solo on Sunday, tackling "Nothing" from "A Chorus Line."

"I hope to be somewhere like that someday, performing in front of people," says Cooper, who quickly cites Audrey Hepburn as a musical influence. "Chorale has built me up to be that. That's what I aim for."

The chorale isn't just about developing musical chops. It's about creating character, too.

Tessa Konik, 16, will be a senior at Coronado High School in the fall. She joined chorale when she was7. She'll perform solos on "The Sound of Music" and "Do-Re-Mi" from classic Rodgers and Hammerstein work.

"It's the most wonderful organization," Konik says. "It's my whole life. I think back to what my life would be like without it and it's unimaginable. There are the most impactful people. The adults in chorale have formed me into who I am."

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Jennifer Mulson can be reached at 636-0270.

"broadway blockbusters"

Who: Colorado Springs Children's Chorale

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Tickets: $10-$22; 520-7469, tickets west.com

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