“Heart And Soul” Takes The Stage This Weekend

Tickets on Sale for Annual Musical Revue

Adding choreography, reviewing song lyrics, and tuning the instruments are some of the tasks topping the list for the musicians and performers in the Marshall County Arts Cooperative’s annual musical revue fundraiser, “Heart and Soul.” The two-act show will be Saturday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion SMN&R Post 163, Marysville. People will start being seated thirty minutes before the performance.

Advance tickets are on sale at the Marshall County Visitor Center, Marysville. Tickets may be purchased at the door, too. Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $15; the ticket price includes a buffet of appetizers that will be served during intermission. Tickets for Sunday’s performance are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The revue is a benefit for the arts cooperative whose mission is to unite the county through the arts. The group brings artists to the area to work with students and to perform for the public. The group also provides financial assistance to local arts organizations.

“The money we raise at this event provides a significant portion of our funds for the entire season,” said Brad Ekiss, the group’s president. “The ticket sales and donations help us bring top-quality artists to our area. When these artists come to Marshall County that’s when some of the magic happens. That’s when the arts bring us together.”

The revue features an ensemble cast of seven singing twenty-four songs. Pat Breeding, Brian Cook, Mandy Cook, Scott Keller, Wayne Kruse, Rachel Massoth, and Julie Popejoy are members of the vocal ensemble.

They will sing songs that highlight the show’s theme. The show opens with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” a song with the word “heart” in the title. “Soul Man,” another of the songs, has a direct connection to the theme with “soul” in the song’s title. Other songs highlight the essence of the theme and express personal and artistic feelings. “When I Fall in Love,” “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” and “The Game of Love” are some that express specific emotions.

Six special guests will share the stage with the ensemble. Mandy Keller will team with her husband, Scott, to sing “Never My Love.” Another couple, Bryan and Ashley Kracht, will perform “Broken Together.” Shane and Laura Thoreson, who were members of last year’s musical ensemble, will perform, too. Laura will sing Ed Sheeran’s hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” and Shane will partner with Scott Keller to perform “Soul Man.”

The show ends with Bryton Stoll, a Marysville High School graduate and now a student at the University of Kansas, singing “Boondocks.” Stoll, a former board member for the arts cooperative, will also address the crowd and talk about the importance of the arts.

The singers will be accompanied by Cindy Voet, piano; Jerry Horton, guitar; Andrew Crownover, percussion; Mark Lattner, bass; John Banister, trombone; Tobias Wood, trumpet; and Carter Popejoy, guitar.

Voet, who also serves as the musical director, feels audience members will enjoy the song selection that spans seventy-five years and several musical genres. She also feels having a live band is critical to the show’s success.

“I think having a live band adds so much to the show and we are very fortunate to have our group of talented musicians come back each year to perform with us,” she said.

Banister, who’s played the trombone for many of the performances, agrees that a live band adds an important element to a performance. He compares it to albums that are recorded live.

“Many people don’t like live recordings because they’re not as good as the ones where the musicians get as many tries at it as their studio time will allow,” he said. “But no one would ever say that a recording is better than attending a live performance. That’s due to the excitement that the pressure of live performance brings.”

Horton, another veteran musician, enjoys being able to perform with local artists. “The singers are quite talented and always provide a wonderful performance and a special treat for the audience,” he said. “It might be perfectly acceptable to use pre-recorded music or just an accompanist for other arts communities, but not this one. A complete musical experience, showcasing the incredible depth and breadth of local talent, is the only thing that will satisfy MCAC and its audience.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, people may contact the Marshall County Visitor Center, 101 North 10th Street, at 785-562-3101.