The Excitement of the Old Alabama Town Revue

By on 14 September, 2015 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.39.40 PMThe Old Alabama Town Revue Crue is so excited to announce the start of its fifth season with the first show on October 1, 2015, at 7:30 in the Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. You may recall we had to cancel our June show due to body tune-ups. So we have really missed our audience and are so excited to see them again. And we are excited about all being together again. Plus, we are excited about performing the last songs of the Song Challenge. Goodness we are soooo excited!!

Several of us this summer had some dramatic life experiences: trips, surgeries, illness and recovery of friends, and even sadly the loss of family members. We are overwhelmed with all that has happened, and I could not choose just one concept to focus on, so the show’s theme is “Anything Goes!”

We’ll start off by catching the audience up on the legend of the Troubadour Song Contest in Germany in Wartburg Castle in 1207. Was IS Lady Elizabeth up to? Did Wolflamb write the best song ever? Or will Heinrich use Master Klingsohr’s dark arts to win? Come and find out.

The audience needs to catch up with the Revue’s own Song Challenge as well. Stephen Bray & I have new songs and glory be, Larry Gobretch will debut his first composition. We love it, and I am sure it will be a hit with the crowd. We have continued to work on the CD at Tony Castaldo’s Echo 7 Studio over the summer, and that project is one more reason for our excitement.

Since the theme is, “Anything Goes,” the songs will be presented in rather creative groupings. So we missed the summer show, but we will perform an original summer song composed by yours truly. Then Tim Henderson will sing his “Alabama in the Fall” from the Song Challenge CD and Toni Wood will wow us with the standard, “Autumn Leaves.” Then, Stephen Bray has composed a Halloween song. So the show starts with tribute to seasons and then moves to places. First, I wrote a song about our trip to Paris. Then Tim sings a fun song to mark the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Rockin’ Larry’s new song has Costa Rica in the title and is so much fun to play and sing. From place we move to relationships with Toni’s rendition of B.B. King’s “Ask Me No Questions,” Tim’s new song, “Fooled me Once,” and Stephen’s new song, “When I’m Sober.” Tony Castaldo will keep us in time with waltz, honkey-tonk, rumba, and well–anything goes! Count on Marty Martin to thump on that bass!! Oh–its so, well, exciting!! In our rousing finale we all sing a verse, the Pellets shine, and the audience can join along. I’m not going to tell you the title–I got to save something for a surprise–it’s a famous song.

So come join in with the excitement as the Old Alabama Review begins its fifth season as the Old Alabama Revue Crue presents “Anything Goes” at 7:30 on October 1 at the Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. And don’t forget your cushion.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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