Sunday, April 3, 2011

James King, Young Man With a Bright Future

We are very fortunate in our community to have the musical talent that is so often displayed.  One young man has grown up in the community, and participated in every musical venture offered.  He was involved with my daughters in Wizard of Oz and Oliver in grade school, then in every production going,  in high school and the local operatic society.

James in Oliver
Following his dream to become a performer, he signed up for the Musical Theater Program at our local community college.  Ever the charismatic, enthusiastic performer, his teachers quickly assigned him lead roles and honed his skills vocally and theatrically.

Annie Get Your Gun, James on left, yours truly on right.

James will graduate this spring.  He decided, on his own, that he wanted to give something back to the community who have supported him over the years.  He decided to host a benefit concert at one of the larger churches.  All the proceeds he determined would be split three ways:  a third to his high school drama department, a third to the Operatic Societies endeavours, and the final third to the college bursary fund for students entering the Musical Theater program.  I thought this very generous of a young man, who probably could well have used some funds for his own school debt.

The missus and my daughter and I headed off last Sunday afternoon, anxious to get good seats for the concert. 

It was certainly a family affair.  Mom was taking tickets at the door, sister designed the program and was running about making sure things were running smoothly.  A brother, and Dad both performed during the concert and I'm quite sure were busy in the background helping to organize the event.

James has been know for his flamboyant renditions of Broadway favourites.   However he chose to concentrate on soft rock favourites from the 70's.  Dressed in a Bohemian getup, he entertained the thrilled audience with covers of Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles, to name but a few. He also used the venue to showcase several friends and family.  His energy was infectious.  I usually reluctantly participate in standing ovations (why do we feel we have to salute every mediocre performance in this manner?) but I was enthusiastically on my feet clapping by the close of his final number.

Different day, different venue, same James (of course I forgot the camera)

One of his best friends, with which he had three numbers planned, was called out of town at the last minute, for call-back auditions.  Some how he found and older gentlemen to fill in at the last minute - talk about your face for radio, but with the voice of an angel.

It was a most enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half on a Sunday afternoon.  I'd be willing to forgo my Sunday nap, if such efforts presented themselves more often.  Way to go James, and good luck in your future endeavours!

And that is about all I have to say for today.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.

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