Lenoir Community College BROADWAY AND BEYOND
Plans are underway for Lenoir Community College’s 17th annual Broadway and Beyond to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, 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 Faculty Carolyn Crossland. Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event.
 
Anna Fields Anna Fields of Beaufort is an 18-year-old high school senior. She has been dancing since the age of 3, started competing at age 8, and has been awarded countless awards at various competitions. She has attended New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) workshops, where she has worked with choreographers Jason Parsons, Joe Lanteri and Dana Wilson.

She has been to Atlanta for The Pulse dance intensive with renowned choreographers, Mia Michaels and Laurieann Gibson who have choreographed for the television show, So You Think You Can Dance. She has been cast in some of the lead roles of Tchaikovsky¹s Nutcracker. Her roles include Clara, Spanish, Russian, Ballerina Doll, Lead Arabian, and Shepherdess. She has received Platinum, High Platinum and Diamond awards for solos, duos and group dances that she has entered in regional competitions held by companies such as Star Systems, DTI, Dance Machine and World Class Talent Experience. 

In 2012, she won first overall in her senior solo division and was awarded a trophy for her outstanding performance. She was a finalist for the title of "America's Miss Dance 2014" at a national competition. Fields has traveled to Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York City, where she performed her solo at the Statue of Liberty and took classes at Broadway Dance Center. Two of the instructors were Thayne Jasperson, a finalist
on So You Think You Can Dance and Ashley Fife who danced as a Rockette for seven years and was a cast member in the Broadway musical, Chicago.

This will be her first appearance in Broadway and Beyond.
 
Antuan Hawkins A gifted actor and singer, Antuan 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.”

Hawkins has performed in New York City in several 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 as a featured vocalist at Smokie’s Jazz and Blues Dinner Show, both in New Bern Civic Theatre.

He is the director and producer of “The Golden Oldies Radio Show” and recently appeared in “Reflections: A Tribute to Motown.”

This will be Hawkins’ fourth appearance in Broadway and Beyond.  He will be performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel.  He will also sing baritone in Noteworthy, a men’s trio performing ”You’ve Got the Magic Touch,” and “Sherry” from Jersey Boys.
 
Chris Raines A native of Lenoir County and graduate of Lenoir Community College, Chris Raines began performing on stage at the age 8. 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 Lenoir Community College Troubadours, directed by Kenneth Ginn, and was the featured soloist for five years until the group 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 the song and toured the state singing it at numerous opening ceremonies in areas conducting Relay for Life fundraisers.

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 passing 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 boards of directors, he 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.

In Broadway and Beyond, Raines will be performing “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha.  He will join Shanda Maddox in the duet “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors. He will also perform as the bass in the men’s trio, Noteworthy, singing “You’ve Got the Magic Touch,” and “Sherry” from Jersey Boys.
 
Noteworthy In the spring of 2013, three professional musicians Antuan Hawkins, Chris Raines, and Clay Raines were preparing for their individual spots in Lenoir Community College’s annual Broadway and Beyond, when producer, Carolyn Crossland decided to combine their talent to perform a classic “oldie, “ “Unchained Melody.”

The result was astounding and a second selection, “Book of Love” was added to the show.  The trio was a hit with the Broadway and Beyond audience and since then has performed for other area venues.

In this year’s show, Noteworthy will sing “You’ve Got The Magic Touch,” and “Sherry” from Jersey Boys, a tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

 
Kimberly Scott Kimberly Scott is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Music, studying voice with Ellen Rutkowsi and piano with Sr. Joan Paskert, IHM.

During her studies, she was a frequent soloist with the University Choir and Orchestra, performing the soprano recitatives in Messiah by Handel; “Domine Deus” from Gloria by Vivaldi; “The Heavens Are Telling” from The Creation by Haydn; and Requiem by John Rutter.

Scott is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, and is a General Music Teacher at Trent Park Elementary in New Bern. She was named a Craven County Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2011 and 2013.  She is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the MSA –School Administration program.

She is very active in the New Bern Civic Theater, the Rivertowne Players, and The Carteret Community Theater.  Current roles are as Pit Singer in Pippin, and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot.
Past roles and positions include: Music Director for The Little Mermaid, Jr., Bugsy Malone, Jr., and Seussical. She appeared as Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees, Mayor of Munchkin City/Ensemble in The Wizard of Oz, Sr. Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Tuptim in The King and I, Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde, The Musical, and Carrie Pipperidge (understudy)/Ensemble in Carousel.

This will be Scott’s debut performance in Broadway and Beyond.   She will perform “The Girl in 14G.”
 
Micah Fields Micah Fields, a bass-baritone from Beaufort, is a senior Vocal Performance major at Campbell University where he is a student of Dr. Sally Thomas, Director of Vocal Studies. He has performed with various ensemble groups such as the Carteret Chorale, Campbell University Choir, and Campbell Voices in many locations including North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, and also on concert tour in Ireland.

In addition to his vocal training at Campbell University, he has studied with Professor Wolfgang Fuchsberger from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. During his recent summer appointment in Salzburg, Fields performed the role of “Papageno” from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) in several concerts.

Since 2012, he has been a voice and piano instructor at the Dunn School of Music, where he teaches elementary, middle and high school students. Fields has a passion for performing both classical, German lieder and musical theatre. He has performed a variety of roles in community theaters in New Bern and Morehead City including the Baker in Into the Woods, Indio (and understudy Chino) in West Side Story, the Nutcracker in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Patrick in Auntie Mame, and chorus roles in Carousel.

Fields is excited to bring his talents to the stage at Broadway and Beyond in his debut performance.  He will perform “Wall Lovin’ ” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miserables.
 
Clay Raines Matthew Clay Raines is a graduate of East Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre degree, and Concordia University where he earned his Master of Education degree. During his years at ECU, he performed in a number of Mainstage Productions with the Department of Theatre including The Music Man and Macbeth.   He was member of the Greenville Chamber Choir and performed with that organization at the White House in 2000. He was a past member of the Lenoir Community College Troubadours.

Raines has also performed in LCC’s productions of the Messiah, Broadway and Beyond, and in countless performances through the Community Council for the Arts and with the Max Blizzard Singers. Since 2006, he has served as Theatre Arts Instructor at Kinston High School.  He has produced and directed “A Tribute to Michael Jackson,”  “Clue,” and “Reflections: A Tribute to Motown.”

This year Raines will perform an off-Broadway solo, “What Do I Do?” from Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza and will sing lead tenor in the men’s trio, Noteworthy, singing “You’ve Got the Magic Touch” and “Sherry” from The Jersey Boys, a tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

 
Susan Leigh Susan Leigh began performing with The National Opera Company at the age of 12. She is a native of Williamston, where she attended high school and was a member of band and chorus. She later attended and graduated from East Carolina University. She is an English as a Second Language teacher at Spring Creek Elementary School in Goldsboro.  

She has been in many musical and theatrical productions throughout her career. A few of her favorite roles have been Julie in Showboat, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, and she is currently preparing the role of Narrator in the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat for Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro.  She is also a member of the Praise and Worship Team at Bethel Church in Kinston. 

This will be Leigh’s debut performance in Broadway and Beyond.  She will be performing “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked.
 
Shanda Maddox Shanda Maddox began performing solos in church at the age of 5, and has continued singing gospel music throughout her life.   In high school she was introduced to the theater and fell in love with a stage and all things musical.  In high school she performed in Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma.  After high school, she continued to follow her gospel roots, and joined a group performing in many venues up and down the east coast. 

Maddox has performed in many shows and concerts, including Broadway and Beyond, Messiah, as sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, and as Rennabelle in Radio Gals.  While living in New Bern, she starred as Auntie ‘Em in The Wizard of Oz, and directed the production of Blithe Spirit.   

Maddox currently lives in Asheville with her husband Jim Maddox, where they manage the Bella Vista Retirement Community.  They have five children and three grandchildren.

She will be performing “I Get a Kick Out Of You” from Anything Goes, and will sing the duet “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors with Chris Raines in Broadway and Beyond.
 
Josh Allen In May 2012, Joshua Allen, a native of Hickory, completed his Bachelor of Music degree with majors in both Vocal Performance and Music Education. While at East Carolina University, he was consistently cast in leading roles for ECU Opera Theatre productions, and was a member of the critically acclaimed ECU Chamber Singers, performing on the group’s CD’s. Allen performs regularly as a tenor soloist across North Carolina.  In 2013, he debuted as tenor soloist in LCC’s annual performance of MESSIAH.

The son of ministers Steve and Jane Allen, he worked for several churches as a singer throughout college, and as both an Assistant Music Director and Music Director. In 2012 he was the Assistant Director for the musical Annie for the Farmville Arts Council.  He currently serves as Interim Music Director at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville, directing the Chancel Choir, and also as organist and pianist.

Allen is also a faculty member of the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina in Greenville, where he teaches voice, piano, and music theory to students of all ages.  He is pursuing graduate studies in vocal performance beginning fall 2014.

This will be Allen’s debut performance in Broadway and Beyond.   He will sing, “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “I’m Not That Smart” from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.