Lenoir Community College presents the 15th annual 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.
Crossland joined the LCC faculty in 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Campbell University and masters of music degree from East Carolina University. In addition to post graduate work in the United States, Crossland has studied at the Royal School of Church Music in London, England; the Italian Organ Academy in Pistoria, Italy; the Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria; and Cambridge, England.
Previous work experience includes positions on the music faculty at ECU and Mount Olive College, and choirmaster/organist at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Raleigh.
She is listed in the International “Who’s Who in Music” and “Who’s Who in Business and Professional Women.”
She has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Leadership Award in the Teaching Profession, LCC President’s Award fro Service and Innovation, International Paragon Award and the 2002 Teaching of Excellence Award at LCC.
Crossland is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Hymn Society of America, National Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists, Royal School of Church Music and Conductor’s Guild.
Vernon has enjoyed the stage for more than 40 years performing professionally and semi-professionally for local, regional and national stage and television audiences. He is in full time ministry at Southwood Memorial Christian Church in Kinston and has served the church for more than 10 years.
He still performs professionally for the dinner theatre at the Duplin Bistro where he appears monthly with a troupe of seven musicians and five singers. Vernon performs a variety of styles of music including popular songs of the great crooners from Frank Sinatra to Bobby Darin; stage musicals such as Hello Dolly; country classics; rock n’ roll greats and gospel. He currently hosts the local morning television talk show Down East Today which airs on NBC affiliate WITN-My TV Channel 7.2; TACC-9 TV and on several cable television markets across 27 counties in eastern NC.
Although his ministry is his driving force and passion musical entertainment still holds a special place in his heart. He is married to Jane, an elementary school music teacher, who also performs with Rick on many occasions. They have two married sons and three wonderful grandchildren.
Those participating in this year’s show include Chantal Hollatschek performing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady ; Chris Raines performing “If I Sing” from Closer Than Ever; Tyler Griffin performing “To Excess”; Alexander Stephen and Tyler Griffin performing “Timeless To Me”; Mary Carawan and Lindsay Waters performing “For Good” from Wicked; Antuan Hawkins performing “Wheel of a Dream” from Ragtime and “Your True Love” from The Little Princess; Katie Dixon performing “Everythings Comin’ Up Roses” from Gypsy; Meme Simmons performing “Don Juan” from Smokey Joe’s Café; Matt Zinni performing “Do You Love Me” from Fiddler on the Roof; 60’s Chicks performing “Johnny Angel,” It’s My Party,” and “I Only Want To Be with You”; L’Acade’mie de Danse with Artisic Director, Nora Parker; and Gotta Dance! with Artist Director April Parrish.
According to Crossland, there will be plenty of surprises throughout the evening so you’ll want to be a part of this musical event.
For more information, contact Crossland at 527-6223, ext. 919, or firstname.lastname@example.org.