If you've never experienced or sang in an ICS Dinner/Theatre you are in for a treat. The beautiful and historic Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is the perfect place to stage this event.
You will enjoy a superb meal and be serenaded by our 50+ voices. Holly Langohr, our Music Director, carefully develops a storyline and selects an eclectic mix of songs that, when performed together, will incite laughter, reflection and a sense of wonder.
Here's a video of a Russian folk song we performed in 2015 at our last Dinner/Theatre at the Elm Hurst. Entitled 'Kalinka.' The song uses the imagery of two diametrically opposite berries (one sweet, the other tart and bitter) as a metaphor t o explain the often contradictory ways of love. Although much of this piece is sung in Russian, you will notice our audience not only derived the meaning of the fable, but actively clapped and hooted and hollered in time with the choir.
For the 2017 show (ICS GOES WEST) you'll hear songs of / or inspired by the old American West; songs that have stood the test of time and our STILL recorded and performed in 2017 by many contemporary folk singers and country artists!
In 1999 the choir took many favourite songs from the Disney canon to craft a marvellous show featuring songs made famous in Disney movies and television shows. We recently asked Carolin French and Christine Gable (both of whom sang in that show) to share a few behind-the-scenes memories.
Carolin: In one Disney shows a performer almost lost her skirt during the show! I was Pinocchio and Ted was Jiminey Cricket. That's how we opened the show.... I'm not sure if that was the time I stepped in a pail during Carol Burnett routine and I actually got my foot stuck in the pail. I had to sit down and pull it out.
One night during the 'Les Misérables' show Paul Bishop was dancing with me and I almost flew off the stage in front of the director.
On another show I was really sick but the show must go on. Us girls still sang and I sat on a stool. During the final curtain call tall Dan Smallman literally held me up. I was the shortest singer and Dan was the tallest but we always ended up standing beside each other. These are just a few of the many laughs i remember as a cast member in this wonderful show...
Christine: It was the most fun I had on any of our shows. I still have the VHS of that show. It was a "hoot" to play Tigger. It was my one and only solo with ICS. I remember ad libbing the first night, at the beginning before the song began, taking Ted (Winter) and all those backstage by surprise. When I stood up, after my speaking part, getting ready to sing - I stopped and said "Oh, by the way, he likes to be called Maestro. If you don't, he pouts. It is also easier to say than 'man who waves big stick'."
It got a good laugh from the audience and cast. So we kept it in for the other nights.
For one show as Tigger, when I came out and plunked down on the stage, my ears fell off. I picked them up, put the headband back on and said "I just washed them, and can't do a thing with them!"
I was also one of the silly girls in Beauty and the Beast, and did a duet of "Let's Go Fly A Kite" during the sing-a-long. So many wonderful memories!!!!
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