Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Last Friday in the Little Theatre, the Show Choir and Jazz Singers put on a concert, “Dreams Come True,” to a near-capacity crowd. For the most part, the singing was good, with a few outstanding individuals. The dancing that accompanied some of the songs added a lot of flavor and personality to what would have been rather bland otherwise.
The Show Choir really rocked the crowd with its rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. All the singers were dressed in white clothing reminiscent of an insane asylum and had the expressions to match perfectly. From seizures to schizophrenia, the symptoms fit the kooky nature of the classic Queen song. Throughout the show, the infectious energy that the Show Choir brought to the stage drew the audience into the show. Of course, with so many singers on stage, the quality of the vocals suffered.
Nevertheless, the talents of a couple individuals mesmerized the crowd. Jeremiah De La Cruz’s solo performance of “I Will Always Love You” captivated audience members with a powerful, soulful voice. However, the star of the show had to be Atumaleti Vaiaoga. He sang Ekolu’s “Just One Night” alone with an easy confidence in a smooth, mellow voice. In all the songs presented by the Jazz Singers, his distinct voice could be heard.
Cheesy skits introduced each batch of songs. It was rather unnecessary, being half-hearted attempts to make the songs have to do with the title of the concert. It detracted from the experience as jarring contrasts to the rest of the well-planned concert. That was the only major complaint and as a whole, the show was well worth the six dollars.