Sweet Adelines taking on 'Laugh-In'

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerOctober 12, 2012 

The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines members have always been in harmony with each other, which makes for lively entertainment.

This 35-member troupe of women singers plans to take a step back in time for the fall show -- specifically to the 1970s when the TV variety show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In was one of the most popular shows.

Laugh In Sing Out performances are scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser and Oct. 20 in the auditorium at Hanford High School in Richland. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for both shows.

"Costumes will be 1960s mod, think Twiggy," said Linda Meigs, a Rolling Hills Chorus spokeswoman. "While the chorus does lots of concert-type shows, this one is a scripted spoof of the late '60s Laugh-In."

That mod look includes costumes done up in neon pink, green and orange, as well as tie-dyed fabrics, go-go boots and bell-bottom pants.

Some of the Laugh-In characters the troupe will portray include Phyllis Diller, Artie Johnson as the dirty old man and German soldier, Lily Tomlin as Ernestine the telephone operator, Goldie "the ditzy blond" Hawn, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Meigs added.

Guest performers will be Voices In Beautiful Expression, better known as V.I.B.E., which is a community high school show choir whose members range in age from 14 to 22. V.I.B.E. is directed by Megan Openshaw.

The show also features two quartets -- Columbia Connection and Desert Edition -- made up of members of the Rolling Hills Chorus.

The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines is part of a national organization made up of women harmony singers. The Mid-Columbia chapter has members from the Tri-Cities, the Yakima Valley and Hermiston.

Barbershop harmony is a distinctive American vocal sound produced by four unaccompanied voices with harmony parts both above and below the melody, the group's website states.

Female voices range from high sopranos to those who can sing in a man's tenor voice. Meigs said the group welcomes anyone who loves to sing, and no prior training is required. For more information, go to www.rollinghillschorus.org

The group is made up of more than 30 singers who took first place in the small chorus category at the Pacific Northwest Regional Sweet Adelines competition, held earlier this year in Spokane.

It was the second consecutive year the group walked away from the regional competition with a first-place win. The harmony group competed against 14 other choruses.

Advance tickets to either show are $10 for adults or $8 for students and seniors. At the door, cost is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Sixth Street Art Gallery in downtown Prosser or Tri-City Bookworm stores.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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