Father Dyer United Methodist Church hosts gospel choir and cabaret show tonight
BRECKENRIDGE – What does the word “cabaret” conjure in your mind – red-hot sequined dresses, singers belting out toe-tappin’ tunes while running their fingers through men’s hair, the smell of cigarettes … How about church?
At Father Dyer United Methodist Church, a cabaret show and church go hand in hand. Pastor Sandra Stephens and gospel choir director Justin Stephens blend gospel, country and Irish music with Broadway tunes at 7 p.m. today in the church basement.
“Musically, the harmonies in the gospel half are a lot of fun without heavy religious overtones of any sort.” said gospel choir singer Bob Boyd. “It’s good, old-fashioned gospel music.”
The choir begins the show with eight gospel songs, including “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “Guide My Feet,” “He Is Exalted” and “Swing Low.”
“Consider Yourself” jump starts the second half, followed by instrumental jazz with Steve Immer on vibraphone and Sandra Stephens on piano. Leah Polinger sings “Memory” from “Cats,” then members of the choir sing a couple of spiritual and country songs (including “Oh, Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble”). Before the “Sh-Boom” finale, singers perform “Supercalifragilistic,” “De Colores,” “People” and a set of Irish music.
“It’s a unique opportunity to see some of the talent (in the county),” said singer Mary Linda Vawter. “A lot of us are doing solos and haven’t been seen (solo) in other shows. With the cabaret-style table seating, the acts are going on in front of everyone. We interact with the audience and come through the crowds. You’re right there.”
Justin Stephens, owner of the Rocky Mountain Funeral Home in Breckenridge, began directing the gospel choir about two months ago.
“Justin is bringing out a lot of talent in people who don’t do this style of entertainment a lot,” Vawter said. “He brings a lot of enthusiasm.”
The show is free, but donations benefit the church’s special assistance fund, which helps needy residents in Summit County. For reservations or more information, call (970) 547-1622.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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