Vocalists name that song for ‘Sing Your Dream’
Tom and Karen Cochran will make the “Sing Your Dream” Defiance Dessert Show a family affair Friday, April 7.The two have chosen to sing two pieces that are particularly special to them at the fourth annual “Sing Your Dream” show at the Hotel Colorado. Their daughter, Lindsey Mills, 25, will also perform with their accompaniment.Jacquie Meitler is directing the show and said the inspiration for its creation four years ago was simple – it gives people an opportunity to sing what they want to sing.”I had a lot of people come to me and tell me they wanted to sing, but they didn’t have three months to dedicate to a musical,” Meitler said.That’s when she came up with the “sing your dream” theme for the musical variety show with a dessert buffet.The event raises money for the Ivey Adler performing arts scholarship. Last year, Defiance Community Players awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing education in the performing arts. Adler said she already has that many applications for this year’s scholarship and hopes to be able to exceed five scholarships. Adler died in a car accident when she was still in high school. Her parents, who were members of the Defiance board of directors, established the scholarship fund in her name.The Defiance Community Players produces a large-scale musical every fall and participates in a number of smaller productions throughout the year. The musical is the biggest fundraiser for the scholarship, Meitler said.There will be a number of different kinds of performances from a variety of people throughout the valley. Defiance features talents from ages 9 to 99, Meitler said.And this show is no exception.Elyse Porterfield, a high school senior who won the “Stars of Tomorrow” competition earlier this year, will sing along with high school student Andy McCracken, who writes his own songs, sings and plays the guitar. The show also features established professional talents such as Chip Well, to people like Tom and Karen, who sing everywhere they can.”It’ll be a really nice eclectic mix,” Meitler said. “These people are all great, polished performers.”Meitler said there will be 22 singers next weekend.Karen will sing “Day in the life of a fool” by Antonio Carlos Jobin, a favorite of hers she describes as a “lilting song about really hoping, really wanting love to work out.”Tom will sing “Caledonia,” a homesick song about Scotland.”I was thinking about it and the theme of the event is ‘sing your dream,’ and I really love Scotland and love being there,” Tom said. That’s why he chose the song.Tom is a theater director at Colorado Mountain College and often works with Defiance, but said he doesn’t have as much time for the organization as he would like. This event worked out well for him this year.”This is show is really great because it gives all of these great performers a chance to share their talents,” Meitler said.Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org’Life is but a dream’ to singWhat: “Sing Your Dream” Defiance Dessert ShowWhere: Hotel Colorado, Glenwood SpringsWhen: 7 p.m. Friday, April 7How much: $20 for adults, $15 for students
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