Memorial Opera House ‘Shouts’ to the '60s

2012-09-23T00:00:00Z 2012-09-25T18:35:03Z Memorial Opera House ‘Shouts’ to the '60sBy TIM SHELLBERG Times Correspondent
September 23, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Chris Stalbaum, vocal director of Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House’s “Shout! The Mod Musical,” has found himself playing a reverse “name that tune” on several occasions in regard to his production.

“It’s the kind of music that within hearing the first line you’re going to say ‘yeah, I know that song,’” he said. “Even the songs with titles that they don’t recognize, when I hum the first part, people go ‘so that’s the name of that song?’ It’s songs you know. You’ve heard them even if you don’t recognize the title.

Opening Sept. 28 and running through Oct. 7, “Shout” follows the adventures of five women making their way through London in the 1960s. The musical is also a tribute to American and British 60s pop trailblazers such as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Lulu.

Featuring chestnuts such as “To Sir with Love,” “Son of a preacher Man,” “These Boots were Made for Walking” and the title track, “Shout” made it’s Broadway debut in 2006 and has been staged throughout the globe ever since.

“Times were changing fast in music in the 60s,” Stalbaum said. “The '60s may have had some of the quickest changes in music, at least in the feel of it. It’s a great decade to cover and you don’t realize until you see the show that music made all of these changes in only ten years.”

Five regional actresses and songstresses – Stephanie Kaim, Antoinette Gomez, Amy O’ Brien, Laura Simmons and Amy Hubbard – make up the cast of “Shout.” The musical is directed by Kurt Gillins.

Stalbaum said he was more than impressed by both his five-member cast’s musical and thespian skills.

“This is their forte, not just in singing but they also have great character ability,” he said. “This is one of those great shows that you don’t get to do very often, but when you do get to play it, you wish that you could play it forever.”

Next up for Memorial Opera House is a production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which is scheduled to open Dec. 7.

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