'One Voice' sets musical
May 2, 2004

GIRARD - One Voice Children's Theatre will present an original musical, "Memories Bring Us Together," at 7 p.m. Monday in the Shireman Performing Arts Center, Girard High School.

The show will be open free to the public.

The musical is about a lost love being reclaimed. Olivia is a grandmother raising two of her grandchildren.

There has always been a picture of a young man hanging on her living room wall, and the grandchildren are curious about it.

Their grandmother tells them about Johnny, the man in the picture. The two had known each other as children, and didn't get along at all.. However, they fell in love as teens, only to be parted by the circumstances of war.

Then the children see an elderly gentleman who reminds them of the young man in the picture.

They plan a "chance" meeting between their grandmother and the gentleman to see if he is, indeed, her lost love.

The show incorporates many songs from the 1950s and 1960s, including "Locomotion," "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "Wild Thing," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Johnny Angel," "Do You Love Me" and "Dancing in the Streets."

The cast includes Beth Jones, Andy Selby, Michael Windsor, Makenzie Gorman, Nicole DiGiallonardo, Tiffany Brewer, Hannah Bowyer, Lydia Rohner, Abe Lovell, Colton James, Korie Bitner, Kalyn Bitner, Kim Porter, Shiloh James, Allison Brynds, Graham Dixon, Billy Bruning and Audrey Whetzell.

One Voice Children's Theatre is in its fourth year of production, and has done 11 musicals so far.

Performers range in age from first to 12th grade, with actors coming from Girard, Cherokee, Pittsburg, Weir and Franklin.

Mission of the theater is to build strong self-esteem in young people through singing, dancing and drama. Enrollment is open to any youngster who would like to be involved in the arts.

This performance ends the spring session, but the theater will resume production in the fall.

Linda Rohner is creator and director of One Voice Children's Theatre. She is author of "Memories Bring Us Together."

Lydia R. Rohner choreographs and teaches dance. Greg Wright is sound and light technician. Pat Taiclet was in charge of publicity, with Kristine Bitner doing scenery design. Tim Foxwell constructed the scenery.

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