Young at Heart Theatre launches new musical
Select dates March 23–May 31
Sing-Song Ping-Pong is the latest collaboration between Island performing artists Pamela Campbell and Nancy Beck. The show premieres this spring as their third touring production for Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors.
Young at Heart is a professional non-profit theatre company formed to bring original musical theatre to seniors living in PEI. Campbell and Beck’s Amazing Gracie was one of the first productions to tour for Young at Heart. They also produced and performed in Blessed Assurance, the duo’s exploration of the life and music of hymnist Fanny J. Crosby.
“The audiences’ enthusiastic participation in the singalong portions of Blessed Assurance prompted us to consider other possibilities for projects that would tap into that wonderful energy,” explains Campbell. And so Sing-Song Ping-Pong was born.
“Nancy and I were very fortunate to have worked a number of times with the Charlottetown pianist Audrey Gillis,” continues Campbell, “and one of those collaborations resulted in us recording Audrey playing some of our singalong favourites.” Although Audrey Gillis passed away several years ago, her accompaniment skills live on in those recordings, which form the basis for the musical portions of Sing-Song Ping-Pong. Audiences will be invited to join in on many tunes, ranging from You Are My Sunshine to The White Cliffs of Dover.
The ping-pong part of the show title refers to a comic sports competition Campbell and Beck undertake, in the midst of the sing-song, as a result of a misunderstood phone message and some friendly one-upmanship. “When we sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, we really mean it,” says Campbell.
Sing-Song Ping-Pong will tour to seniors’ facilities across PEI from March 23 to May 31. There will dates open to the public and a fundraising performance on May 13. Shows include March 25 at 7:30 pm at Milton Hall (902-566-3154), April 1 at 2 pm at Seniors Active Living Centre, UPEI, Charlottetown (902-628-8338), and April 20 at 7 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Shore Road, Cardigan (902-961-2380).
For dates and locations, see www.yahtheatre.com or contact Catherine at 902-393-9419.