Campus performance choir presents Broadway musical hits

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Omni Singers took the stage in Jones Auditorium on Nov. 18. With songs ranging from “Grease” to the Jackson 5’s “ABC,” the performance impressed an audience as sounds of delight roared from the audience.

Jukebox, as the show was called, has nothing to do with the antique machines in diners, but rather refers to a style of Broadway show in which popular songs are compiled together to form a musical.

Kicking the show off with “Grease,” singers Marcellas Ball and Megan Bolton wowed the audience with their solos. Following was “There Are Worst Things That I Could Do” performed by Demi Wolford who was a crowd favorite.

When asked what the energy is like backstage, Ball said that being backstage is funny because backstage is really just sitting and waiting behind flats. Some people were nervous about their solos and others were excited about group performances.

When questioned about whether Omni Singers is a “Glee” in the making, Ball took that as a compliment and laughed then said that while the TV show “Glee” is parallel to musical experiences in his life, he has yet to find a character that would represent him.

Like Matthew Garcia, many had nothing to say but kind words to say after the show.

“I had a lot of fun. I was singing along to a lot of the songs, I was clapping along. I enjoyed the engagement the actors had with the audience. I was thoroughly impressed with all the raw talent of the freshman class,” Garcia said.

For those that missed the show, Omni Singers is a group that gets together twice a week to perform any number of songs.

There are no auditions, though students do have to have a love for singing and be willing to do some dancing.

 Omni Singers performs one concert in the fall and two in the spring. Their next show, slated for Feb. 17, will be a dessert concert centered around the music of Johnny Mercer. 

Susan Finnigan, one of the two directors and teachers of Omni Singers, said she is proud of her class and cannot wait to start working on the spring performances.

The Omni Singers have branched out this year to form a second, smaller vocal ensemble known as Omni Jazz.

The Jukebox show was the first performance of the Omni Jazz ensemble.

The main difference between Omni and Omni Jazz is that Omni Jazz typically consists of more seasoned performers.  Omni Jazz is also more of an outreach organization with performances at local schools planned for next semester.

Omni Jazz will be performing Christmas music Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bob Bullock Museum alongside St. Edward’s Madrigal Chamber choir. Both Omni groups can also be seen Dec. 7 at the Festival of Lights.