By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
An estimated crowd of 185 was captivated by two hours of a cappella music May 7 as the five-member re:Voiced group entertained here.
Squeezing in a performance here the night before they started an Alaskan cruise as entertainers on the ship, the local crowd heard popular Motown, pop, Broadway and rock music from the group’s voices, and only their voices.
All of the “background music” supporting the singers’ voices came from the singers themselves, most notably Dele Opeifa, whose low voice provided the percussion accompaniment.
Several parts of their show brought local residents to the stage, as they helped present a song or two. CCS fifth grader Ashlie Benge and Dennis Holmes, a full-time RV’er, helped them with the song, “The Jungle Sleeps Tonight.”
The audience helped in that popular “The Lion King” melody, too, as they provided various jungle noises.
Susan Jaeger came on stage for a little dance number with re:Voiced, and group member John Patrick crooned to Laura Pryor while on his knees.
The program also included a “drum solo” from Opeifa, complete with cymbals, all coming from his mouth sounds.
Randy Hayes, grade 7-12 vocal director at CCS, made arrangements for the group to perform here.
Partial proceeds amounting to $267 from their concert were returned to Chase County Schools’ choral program.
Due to their traveling schedule, they were unable to work individually with CCS vocal students, Hayes said.
However, the singers invited youths attending to sing them a few songs after their concert here, and visited with many students during the intermission.
Hayes said he hopes to arrange a return performance with re:Voiced in early November when they will be traveling from Oregon to Nebraska.