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Vickie Maybury Guest Coach

October 5, 2020 - 6:15pm -- Susie Chirafis

"Artistry is an outcome of an emotional connection,” says Vickie Maybury. Vickie is on the current Sweet Adeline Board of Directors and is an Expression Specialist. She's also the master director of the esteemed Skyline Chorus of Denver, Colorado, which is currently  (2020) the 4th place chorus in the world. We were very fortunate to have her teach and encourage us tonight on our Zoom rehearsal. She drove home, the point about getting to that place where we can trust that the technique will be there, so we can tell the story to the audience in a way that will make them want to come along with us.

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Broadway's Amanda LaVergne Guest Coach

October 5, 2020 - 6:09pm -- Susie Chirafis

Living our lives in a pandemic is certainly different from what we have known as "normal." Different doesn't have to mean terrible though. Every cloud has a silver lining. The Woodlands Show Chorus was treated to a Broadway Professional and daughter of our own member LaRae, was Amanda Lavergne, who has a degree in musical theater and dance. She has performed on Broadway and off-Broadway in such musicals as "Annie" and "Grease," to name only a few. She came to teach us how to dramatize our songs. Amanda emphasized that our faces (and bodies) will reflect what we feel. Thank you so much, Amanda. Come visit anytime.


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