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October 2002

Release Date: October 21, 2002

ASU Choir to Present Halloween Spooktacular II Oct. 29

Angelo State University's Concert Chorale will present "Halloween Spooktacular II: The Nightmare Before Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving, across from the City Auditorium in downtown San Angelo.

Back by popular demand, this year's spooky concert promises even more delightful Halloween "tricks and treats" for the entire family. With several new songs and comedic skits on the program, plus a veritable smorgasbord of colorful costumes, the evening should thrill and delight even the most conventional or conservative audience. It's fun, free and everyone is invited.

Among the new musical highlights are medleys from Tim Burton's film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and the Broadway hit musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." Energetic settings of "Jabberwocky" from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" and "Hist Whist" by e.e. cummings, who employs the unique 20th-century technique of "sprechstimme," will surprise and captivate the audience.

Two operatic parodies, one of Wagner's well known "Ride of the Valkyries" which Warner Brothers changed to "Kill da Wabbit" in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and the other of Rossini's infamous "Cat Duet," promises to keep the audience in stitches. Featured soloists will be Shannon Lindley as Brunnhilde Wabbit and Shaun Yates as a caricature of Elmer Fudd. Seniors Rachel Kuntz and Meagan Shelburne will hiss, claw and caterwaul at the top of their lungs as they compete to be "Top Cat" in the Rossini parody.

Jester Hairston's spooky spiritual "That Ole House Is Hainted, " featuring the dramatic talent of San Angelo businessman Sonny Cleere, and the pumpkin carol sing-a-long led by Dr. Koste Belcheff as the ghost of Mitch Miller are being reprised this year by special request of those who attended last year's Spooktacular.

The San Angelo Singing Girls, Lee Junior High's Rebel Rage, and Dr. Leslie Mayrand, an ASU nursing faculty member active in Angelo Civic Theater, will present special treats. Rebel Rage will sing and dance to the electrifying rhythms of "Magic To Do" from the offbeat Broadway musical, Pippin. Dr. Mayrand will exhibit her comedic talents in a humorous holiday monologue.

To share in the fun of this evening of laughter and wholesome family entertainment, audience members are encouraged to wear costumes, if they dare. For more information about Spooktacular II, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.