Angelina College’s AC Singers Presenting ‘Showtime! 2016’ at Temple Theater


Angelina College’s popular song-and-dance ensemble, the AC Singers, will host a trip down Memory Lane with the annual Showtime performances at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, in the Temple Theater located in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery on the AC campus.
Selected numbers for the performance run the gamut of music and dance genres, from pop to classic to old-time show tunes. In short, there’ll be something for everyone. Director Beckie Compton said this year’s program will run chronologically through music from decades beginning in 1900.
Photo by Jan Anderson-Paxson
Photo by Jan Anderson-Paxson

Along with director Beckie Compton, choreographer Stacy Dicks, sound technician Michael Mendoza and Light/Set designer Eric Walker, the AC Singers consist of performers Sarah Barton (Dance Captain), Keren Debose, Shelby Brown, Mattie Fortenberry, Omar Al-Mahmeed, Jad O’Connor, Joshua Robinson, Colin Wise and John Smallwood.

Divided by an intermission into two acts, the scheduled program includes the following: Act I: “Give My Regards to Broadway” (1904), performed by O. Al-Mahmeed;  “Milenberg Joys” (1923), group dance; “Blue Skies” (1926), group tap/quartet; “Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do” (1934/1986), performed by Al-Mahmeed and S. Brown; “When You Wish upon a Star” (1940), performed by S. Brown; “Orange Colored Sky” (1950), performed by K. Debose; “Cry Me a River” (1953), performed by J. Robinson; “Kick in the Head” (1960), S. Barton dance solo; “Do You Love Me?” (1962), group dance; “I Love to Laugh” (1964), performed by O. Al-Mahmeed and J. Robinson; “Shake, Shake, Shake” (1976), group dance; “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973), performed by K. Debose; “Copacabana” (1978), J. Robinson solo/group dance; and “God Bless the USA” (1984), performed by J. O’Connor.
Act II: “Blame it on the Boogie” (1989), group vocal/dance; “I’ll Be” (1998), performed  by J. O’Connor; “The Prayer” (1999), performed by J. Robinson and K. Debose; “I Will Survive/Survivor” (1978/2001), group vocal/dance; “Radioactive” (2012), performed by C. Wise; “Hop Hop Mix”, group dance; “Locked out of Heaven” (2012), performed by J. Robinson and C. Wise; “Cups” (2012), M. Fortenberry solo/group clog; “Best Day of My Life” (2014), group vocal/dance; and “Guiding Light” (1982), group vocal/dance.

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