Don't miss Broadway and Beyond at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Waller Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert entertainment. Admission at the door is $7.

The show is produced and directed by Carolyn Crossland, LCC music faculty member, and Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event. For more information, contact Crossland at 252 527-6223, ext. 919 or ccrossland@lenoircc.edu.
Katie Dixon

Katie Dixon is no stranger to the stage as she will make her third appearance in 15th annual Lenoir Community College presentation of Broadway and Beyond.

The show is produced and directed by Carolyn Crossland, LCC music faculty member, and Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event.

She will perform “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy,  and “60’s Chicks,” a nostalgic salute to girl groups popular in the 1960’s including the hits “Johnny Angel,” “It’s My Party,” and “I Only Want To Be With You.”

A native of Philadelphia, Dixon grew up in theatre and on stage singing. She was in her church's annual show "His Last Days" and sang in choirs since the age of 3. In middle school she played Christine Veil in the musical "Homeroom" and was a part of the Philadelphia all-school honor chorus from 6th-12th grade.  She has performed in several musicals and plays including “The Sound of Music” as Maria,"Fiddler on the Roof" as a Bottle dancer, "Oliver!", "Bye, Bye Birdie" as Gloria Rasputin, "Grease," as Rizzo "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Little Women," as Jo March. Katie moved to North Carolina in 1998 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne University where she was in "Pawn to King's Bishop," as Lady Lane, "Lysistrata," as Lampito, and "Steel Magnolias," as Ouiser Boudreaux. Katie also choreographed "Once Upon a Mattress" for Lenoir-Rhyne University. 

Dixon competed in several vocal competitions in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and won several first place medals. She was also chosen out of hundreds to attend and audition at the South-Eastern Theatre conference in Virginia Beach Virginia. Since college she has sung at various community events, such as the Miss Neuse Pageant.

She now resides in Morehead City with her husband Mike and their daughter Sophie Grace.

Antuan Hawkins

Antuan D. Hawkins will be performing in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

This will be Hawkins second appearance in Broadway and Beyond and he will be performing “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime, and “Your True Love” from The Little Princess. 

A gifted actor and singer, Hawkins currently lives in Kinston.  He received a bachelor of science in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Chowan College in 1998.  After graduation, he taught middle school and private music classes.  Though dedicated to education, he missed the exhilaration of live performances and then began balancing performances around work in corporate America.

In November of 2002 during Luciano Pavarotti’s concert tour, Hawkins serenaded Pavarotti at a private dinner in his honor singing a rewrite of Pavarotti’s encore piece, Libiamo from the opera, La Traviata.

He has also shared the stage with celebrity entertainers including Jeff Foxworthy at the Duke University Children Miracle Network Benefit Concert featuring national country music singer, Jo Dee Messina, and national jazz recording artist Branford Marsalis.  Most notably, he created the role for Bailey in the world premier of Samm-Art Williams’ Conversations on a Dirt Road.

He has performed in New York City in serveral off-Broadway productions, co-starred in several independent movie projects, and co-starred in the world premiere of F.I.S.H., the musical. His most recent performances included Ain't Misbehavin' and a featured vocalist at Smokie's Jass and Blues Dinner Show, both in New Bern Civic Theatre.

Chantal Sosa Hollatschek

Chantal Sosa Hollatschek will make her first appearance in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

She will be performing “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady, and “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.

She has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Music from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She is also certified in English as a Second Language from North Carolina State University and currently teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) for Craven County Schools.

She most recently performed the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in the New Bern Civic Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz.  She has also performed with The North Carolina Theatre, Greensboro Opera Company, Opera Carolina, and RiverTowne Repertory Players. She is a state and regional winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions. Favorite performance experiences include a solo performance at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and auditioning for the Metropolitan Opera. She is especially proud of her role as wife, stepmom, and educator to amazing children.

Chris Raines

Chris Raines will perform at Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

He will be performing “If I Sing” from Closer Than Ever.

A native of Lenoir County and graduate of LCC, Raines began performing on stage at the age of eight years old. For the past 27 years he has been starring in, producing, and directing shows in and around the community.

“I always wanted to be on a stage somewhere, doing something. It didn’t matter if it was the lead role, or character parts, as long as I was in front of a crowd, doing what I love,” Raines said.

He started performing on the stages of the Airport Theatre and the Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center. His most memorable stage credits include Rooster in Annie, Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, and the Beast in Beauty and The Beast. A graduate of South Lenoir High School, he was a featured performer in the South Lenoir Singers, under the direction of Karen Dale.

In 1991 he joined the LCC Troubadours, directed by Kenneth Ginn, and was the featured soloist for five years until they disbanded in 1996. In 1997 he joined forces with Max Blizzard and Sheri Brinson to create the Max Blizzard Singers. The group performed all over the state in hundreds of productions and benefit concerts. 

In 1999 Raines and Blizzard co-wrote “Dreamsong” which became the unofficial theme song for “Relay For Life.” The trio recorded it and traveled the state singing it at numerous opening ceremonies for the Relay for Life cancer benefits. That same year he starred in “Country Memories,” a show that raised more than $3,500 for the hurricane relief fund in the county.

In 2003 the trio opened for Alan Jackson at the WRNS Music Festival. The trio performed for 10 years together until the untimely death of Max Blizzard. Since then Raines and Brinson have continued to carry the torch producing, directing and starring in shows to help raise money for various charities in and around North Carolina. While serving on several performing arts committees and board of directors, Raines continues to perform, produce, and direct shows in the area including the “Christmas Extravaganza,” a fundraiser for the Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center every Christmas.

“As long as there is music, that is where you will find me,” Raines said.

April Parrish Gotta Dance! under the direction of April Parrish will perform in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

The group will be performing a ballet to “For Freedom” recorded by Avalon choreographed by Parrish, artistic director and choreographer for Gotta Dance! School of Performing Arts in La Grange.  The dancers are Jordan Edwards, Michele Gray, Taylor Perry, Jenna Westbrook and Liz Wheeless.  The dancers have been performing together for several years and have won awards for Overall Talent at Next Star Talent Competition.  They were also chosen as Judges Choice and Best Performance in 2010.  They enjoy dancing and love to share their passion for dance with others.
Parrish began dance training in Goldsboro and Mount Olive then continued  dance education at East Carolina University.  She was privileged to train under Joseph Carrow and Patti Weeks, two principle teachers and choreographers for the school of dance.  She then transferred to Mount Olive College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  She has won numerous awards in tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet.  
Gotta Dance!
Pictured left to right are Gotta Dance! dancers Jordan Edwards, Jenna Westbrook, Michele Gray, Liz Wheeless and Taylor Perry.
Nora Parker

L' Academie De Danse under the director of Nora Parker will perform in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

The group will be performing Mambo No. 5 choreographed by Parker, artistic director and choreographer for L’Academie De Danse in Kinston and in Winterville. The dancers are Eliza Deaver, Alyssia Howard, Amber Livingston and Jessie Shingleton, Michaela Benoit, Aziya Ham, Janiya Miller, Lauren Edwards, Ashley Scarborough, and Kayci Willis.

Mambo No. 5 is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Perez Prado in 1949. The song's popularity was renewed by Lou Bega’s  sampling of the original, released under the same name on Bega's 1999 debut album, A Little Bit of Mambo.

Parker has been teaching for more than 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and has completed three semesters towards a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She has also studied dance at Western Kentucky University and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem. She is a member of the honor fraternity Gamma Theta Upsilon. She has performed in dance concerts and musicals at East Carolina University. She has served as the artistic director for the Pepsi Dancers and has participated in community theater as a choreographer and dance in productions of Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, the Me Nobody Knows, Lil Abner, Bridgadoon, Showboat, The Pajama game, Good Man Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Annie, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Damn Yankees. She has won numerous awards in dance and choreography.

L'Academie De Danse
L' Academie De Danse dancers rehearse Mambo No. 5. Pictured left to right, kneeling, are Eliza Deaver, Alyssia Howard, Amber Livingston and Jessie Shingleton; standing, Michaela Benoit, Aziya Ham, Janiya Miller, Lauren Edwards, Ashley Scarborough, and Kayci Willis.

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