Local singers, including three from the Hesston College community, will perform with five Broadway stars on stage when Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts features Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 at Bethel College’s Memorial Hall (North Newton, Kan.).
The two winners and six runners up were chosen through video audition by a panel of industry professionals for the show’s Singing with the Broadway Stars promotion.
Three of the runners up – Bethany Miller (Hesston), Nathan Patron (North Newton) and Eleya Raim (Oxford, Iowa) – represent Hesston College. Miller is an Admissions Counselor. Patron and Raim are both freshman and members of the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers under the direction of Bradley Kauffman and voice students of Matthew Schloneger.
Winners are Kate Freeland, a senior interdisciplinary studies major at Emporia (Kan.) State University, and Michael Parker (Salina, Kan.), an educator and performer with degrees in secondary education and theatre performance from Kansas State University (Manhattan). Freeland and Parker will both sing a solo in the show finale.
Other runners up are Da’Merius Ford, a sophomore musical theatre major at Wichita (Kan.) State University; Elizabeth Fulcher, a sophomore at Goodland (Kan.) High School; and Maili Kee, a sophomore music and theatre major at Barton County Community College (Great Bend). The runners up will join the stars on stage to sing “Seasons of Love” from Rent.
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway features Broadway stars from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof, Wonderful Town, Tarzan, Cats, The Woman in White and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues singing the finest hit songs of the last 100 years of Broadway musicals.
Tickets for the show can be purchased by calling 620-327-8158 or at hesstonbethel.org.