On Saturday February 23rd at 7:30 p.m and Sunday February 24th at 2:00 p.m., Assumption College Chorale, accompanied by staff band, hosted their annual Broadway Revue in the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall located in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center.
Directed by Richard J. Monroe, Theatre Arts professor and stage director, Margaret Tartaglia, Art & Music professor and vocal coach, and conducted by Michelle A. Graveline, art & music professor and conductor, Chorale performed a series of songs from popular 20th century musicals. This revue acted as a fundraiser for the chorale’s tour to Ireland and helped many students afford an outstanding trip.
The Gala Broadway Revue has been an Assumption College Chorale’s annual tradition for over 10 years. The program included songs from musicals such as “Guys and Dolls,” “Damn Yankees,” “Music Man,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Chicago,” among others. Assumption College’s Voce, the advanced chamber choir, also performed dance numbers called “Little Shop of Horrors” and “I Can See It.”
Numerous pieces were performed by students of all classes. These songs included skits, and solos, performed by Cole Foster ‘20 (“All Good Gifts”), Deirdre Gunning ‘19 (“Memory”), Elizabeth Chomiak ‘22 (“No One Is Alone”), Jack Macpherson ‘22 (“Damn Yankees”), Daniel Carito ‘22 (“No One Is Alone, Do You Hear the People Sing”) and more.
The students were tirelessly rehearsing and drilling these numbers for a little over a month and were satisfied with the concert. “I’m surprised of how well everyone did during the performance and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Mia Murray ‘22. Brandon Rose ’19 stated, “We killed it,” following the showcase.
The Assumption College Chorale holds two concerts per semester and goes on annual tours. The group performs in Rome, Ireland and other countries. These tours are a way for students to step out of their comfort zone, learn more about different cultures, and meet people from all over.
Professors Graveline, Tartaglia and Monroe have run and conducted the Chorale, and coordinated this spring musical production, over the past ten years. After 35 years at Assumption College, Graveline will be retiring making, the spring semester and the tour to Ireland her last. She will be teaching in Rome for the Fall Semester in 2020.
Timothy Tran, a junior, studies Graphic Design. He is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.