Plans are under way for the 16th annual Lenoir Community College Broadway and Beyond presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Waller Building Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert entertainment provided by LCC Music faculty Timothy Maddox. Admission at the door is $7.
The show is produced and directed by LCC Music Program Chair Carolyn Crossland. Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event. According to Crossland, there will be plenty of surprises throughout the evening so you’ll want to be a part of this musical 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 Pistoia, 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, Minister of Music at Westminster United Methodist Church in Kinston.
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 for 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. For 10 years, she performed and managed “The Fabulous Four,” a beach and oldies rock and roll group, performing to large and enthusiastic audiences regionally and abroad. The group recorded two albums, Take One! and Finally Four.
Vernon has enjoyed the stage for more than 40 years performing professionally and semi-professionally for local, regional and national stage and television audiences. Retired, he was the minister at Southwood Memorial Christian Church in Kinston and 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. He is married to Jane, a retired 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 Peggy Overton Vaughan of Greenville performing “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins; Chris Raines of Kinston performing “Poison Ivy” from Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He will be singing bass in the men’s trio, Noteworthy, performing “Unchained Melody” from Ghost; Antuan Hawkins of Kinston performing “Santa Fe” from Rent and he will also sing baritone with Noteworthy performing “Unchained Melody” from Ghost; Meme of Jacksonville performing “Could I Leave You?” from Follies; Amanda Stroud of Kinston performing “In My Little Corner” from Cinderella; Jackie Golebiowski of Kinston performing “Nothing” from A Chorus Line; and Clay Raines of Kinston performing “Soliloquy” from Henry and Mudge and he will be singing tenor in the men’s trio performing “Unchained Melody” from Ghost.
Other performers include Krissy Boccia of New Bern performing “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Annie Get Your Gun; Ciara DiNapoli of Greenville performing “Breathe” from In the Heights and “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl, Nora Parker and Dr. John Herlong, both of Kinston with L’Acadmie de Danse will perform “Jitterbug Jive”; and Kinston Dance Academy with Artistic Director Jan McKenrick will perform “Sing! Sing! Sing!”
For more information, contact Crossland at 527-6223, ext. 919, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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