Forte! spring show on tap April 26-27

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerApril 19, 2013 

The Forte! ensemble, made up of 26 musically talented Tri-City students, will kick off its 2013 season with a spring show that is sure to get your toes tapping.

The theme this year is Let's Go to the Movies, and the show will feature songs from the celebrated film-version musicals Newsies, Annie, Brave and Fame.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 26-27 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 27 in the auditorium at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland.

Students from various Tri-City-area high schools make up the 13 girls and 13 boys in the Forte! troupe, which is an offshoot of the Tri-City Youth Choir, and is an audition-only teen show choir.

Forte! members bring their uplifting spirit into community events and retirement homes throughout the year, and last year's Christmas show brought more than 1,000 people to their performance, said Becky Kreutz, president of the Forte! board of directors.

"We are drawing on music from across the ages of motion pictures, not Broadway shows, with various screen effects to add to the look and feel of each motion picture," Kreutz said. "This is a full-stage production with Marianne Larsen as artistic director and vocal coach."

Some of the songs to be performed include Singin' in the Rain, Annie and Funny Girl.

Forte! members Megan Mattinson and Tanner Gill not only love to sing, but they also are bonded by a camaraderie with their fellow singers that was forged in 2011 when the group organized.

"What I like about Forte! is the atmosphere," said soprano Mattinson, a sophomore from Kamiakin High. "I love being able to go to a place where everyone has some of the same interests as me. I love the collaboration it takes for the whole show to come together. But mostly, I love the fact that we're really just a very large singing family."

Gill, a Richland High Running Start student at CBC, has been with Forte! from its beginning.

"I enjoy Forte! because of the strong fellowship and friendship that all of the members are able to experience as we learn and grow together," he said. "I also enjoy being able to improve my own vocals, singing in a group dedicated and rich with talent, and being able to share my talents (as an entertainer)."

Tickets to the show cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. A family of six is $35. Tickets are available at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, on Aaron Drive in Richland, or at the door.

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

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