CHARLESTON, Ill. — The Coles County Barbershop Chorus prepares for its 2013 show, "Music in Mayberry". The show will be performed Saturday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Charleston High School auditorium. Submitted photo
CHARLESTON, Ill. — A bit of beloved Americana comes to East Central Illinois as the award-winning Coles County Barbershop Chorus presents its 44th annual show, “Music in Mayberry”.
The show, set for Saturday, June 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Charleston High School auditorium, promises to be an afternoon that recalls a time when doors were unlocked, endings were happy, and there was usually a pie cooling on the windowsill. Various members of the chorus will recreate the roles of Andy, Opie, Barney, Floyd the barber, and even Otis, the town drunk.
Chorus member Mike Bell, of Palmer, will be singing with the chorus, also Mike's quartet, Ringtime, has several featured spots during the show.
After a brief intermission, the program features one of the ten best barbershop quartets in the world. Forefront, hailing from Ohio, Indiana and Champaign, Illinois, has placed sixth and seventh at the last two international contests held by the Barbershop Harmony Society. They will compete again for the international championship next month at the Society’s 75th annual convention.
The Coles County Chorus, under the direction of father and son Tom and Tim Woodall, was formed in 1967 and chartered in the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1970. Its 35 members live in 18 different communities within a 75-mile radius of Coles County. They have received numerous philanthropy awards as they raise thousands of dollars each year for food pantry and homeless shelter programs in Coles County. In addition, they make financial contributions each year to area high school vocal music programs.
Last year, the chorus achieved its highest ever singing and performance scores in over forty years of competition with other groups across the state. The Coles County Chorus was voted “Most Entertaining Small Chorus” in a statewide contest last fall.
“Music in Mayberry” is followed by a dinner and afterglow at the EIU Student Union, which will feature additional performances by Forefront and the Coles County Chorus.
Tickets are $12 for the show and $16 for the afterglow dinner. They can be purchased online at www.ColesCountyChorus.com; or by calling Ron Hawkins at (217) 276-3312.
The chorus welcomes men of good character who love to sing. It meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Avenue in Mattoon. More information is available at www.Coles CountyChorus.com.