Annual Arts Cooperative Fundraiser Approaches

“Heart and Soul” Theme for Show

Rehearsals are underway for the Marshall County Arts Cooperative’s ninth annual musical revue fundraiser. The event, the signature fundraiser for the arts cooperative, will be at the American Legion SMN&R Post 163, Marysville, Saturday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at the Marshall County Visitor Center, Marysville; tickets may be purchased at the door as well.

Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $15; the ticket price includes the show and an appetizer buffet.

Advance tickets for Sunday’s performance are $10; tickets at the door are $15.

The theme for the show is “Heart and Soul.” Songs that have the words “heart” or “soul” in the title and songs that express emotions and feelings will be sung. “Soul Man,” “The Game of Love,” “Sea of Heartbreak,” and “Hooked on a Feeling” are some of the twenty-four songs that will be performed by the seven-member musical ensemble. Performers are Pat Breeding, Brian Cook, Mandy Cook, Scott Keller, Wayne Kruse, Rachel Massoth, and Julie Popejoy. Cindy Voet is the musical director.

“This might be the most diverse set of songs we’ve performed,” said Brian Cook. “Trying to narrow down the list was difficult because we had so many songs we wanted to sing. The ladies have several numbers that will be a hit with the audience. Their medley of songs by the musical group, Heart, will bring down the house.”

Selecting the songs takes time and thought. The group tries to have a balance of songs from various decades and from various musical styles. Originally, Mandy Cook was going to perform Dusty Springfield’s hit, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me;” that song got changed, however, and now she is singing “Brokenhearted” by the group, Karmin.

“I am a huge fan of Dusty Springfield and I’ve always wanted to sing that song.” Cook said. “The song fits the theme perfectly, but we realized that we didn’t have a lot of contemporary songs. I decided to sing a song by Karmin, another group I really like, so we would have another song that came out in the last five years. Having that balance of songs is really important.”

Sometimes performers bring specific song suggestions for the group to consider. Pat Breeding suggested “Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons. Although most of the group was unfamiliar with the song, they listened to it and decided to include it. “That was an easy decision,” said Brian Cook. “When we heard the melody and lyrics, we knew it would be a crowd-pleaser.”

In other instances a song is chosen and then the group works to find the right person to sing the song. That’s what happened with “At Last,” a song made popular in 1960 by Etta James. “We knew the majority of our audience would enjoy that song,” Cook said. “We just had to figure out who was going to sing it. Once Rachel sang the first few notes we knew it was meant for her.”

Occasionally, an audience member will suggest a song; that’s what happened with the duet that will be sung by Scott Keller and his wife, Mandy. Barb Kickhaefer heard a new version of “Never My Love” by Audra Mae and The Forest Rangers on an episode of Sons of Anarchy. The song originated in 1967 by The Association. Kickhaefer suggested the song to Keller, and Keller brought the idea to the group. “It fit the theme, and it fit our singing styles,” Keller said. “If Barb hadn’t suggested it, we probably wouldn’t have thought of that song.”

Traditionally, the musical revue is the most successful fundraiser for the arts cooperative. Money raised is used to bring professional artists to the county to perform for the public and to work with students. Additionally, the cooperative offers financial support to area arts organizations and arts teachers.

For tickets to the fundraiser people may go to the Marshall County Visitor Center, 101 North 10th Street, Marysville.