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Release Date: October 22, 2001

Halloween 'Spooktacular Planned' by ASU Choirs

n the spooky spirit of Halloween, the Angelo State University Choirs will present "Music of the Night: A Halloween Spooktacular!" on the eve of the annual scare fest.

The choirs will perform a variety of playful songs and haunting melodies at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Angelo. The free concert will feature special guests, comical capers and hilarious musical fun for kids of all ages!

Audience members are encouraged to attend dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. They will fit right in with the costumed musicians, who will be providing tricks for your eyes and treats for your ears.

ASU Choir President Shaun Yates will open the program with "Wilkommen" from "Cabaret." Other musical selections will include tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," with ASU freshman Jessica Jonas as the featured dancer, and "Jekyll and Hyde," the 1997 Broadway hit based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of good versus evil.

A little-known spiritual titled "This Ole House is Hainted" by Jester Hairston will feature the dramatic talents of Sonny Cleere, Daryl Krug, Rachel Kuntz, Meagan Shelburne and Kathryn Yniguez. Dr. Eldon Black will weave his own special magic with "Danse macabre" by Camille Saint-Saens in its original version for voice and piano.

Yates and junior music education major Shawn Stone will tickle your funny bone with their rendition of "Interview with a Bat" from Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." And, Sunday Wilson will appear as the very chic and disgruntled witch, Flo.

Rounding out the program, the show choirs of Glenn and Lee Junior Highs will sing and dance to the 1950s Halloween hit "Monster Mash," featuring ASU senior Russell Watkins as the "mad scientist" and the choreography of Central High School English teacher Traci Underwood. They will also perform "Mr. Mistoffolees" from Webber's popular musical "Cats." These junior high musicians are under the direction of Becky Oostveen from Glenn and Patti Wetzel from Lee.

The one-hour program will conclude with an audience sing-a-long led by Dr. Koste Belcheff as the "Ghost of Mitch Miller," and the distribution of candy treats donated by Target, Inc.

The ASU Choirs are under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee. Mrs. Louellen Meyer will accompany the choir on piano and Jason Gregg will play drum set. For more information, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, ext. 221. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 32 N. Irving St.