Port Jervis. ‘We Are the World’ on tap for music lovers

| 07 Jun 2023 | 06:42

A cabaret of songs from past and present will soon be performed in a new Presby Players’ show, “We Are the World.” The long-running community theater has gathered a dozen of its best singers ranging in age from 12 to 18 to delight with a variety of tunes at Marsh Hall in Port Jervis on June 23 and 24 at 7 p.m.

Musical Director Sandy Stalter said there will be three group numbers: “Revolting Children” from the musical “Matilda”; “It’s Time to Dance” from the musical “The Prom”; and the title song “We are the World,” the famous charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. She noted there will also be choreography by Melissa Thomas.

“The cast chose songs from jazz classics to contemporary theater songs,” Stalter said. “One performer, Madison Churchoe, picked a jazz song she was excited about ... and she will have her dad, a teacher at Ding Del, accompany her on the sax.”

Artistic Director Jeffrey Stocker coaches the performers with on-stage presence.

“It’s educational for them. They have to discover the music, interpret the lyrics, and practice introducing themselves to the audience” he said. “This is the first summer performance for our younger singers in a long time and I hope it will be an annual tradition.”

Marsh Hall is located at 60 Sussex St. in Port Jervis. Tickets are available at the door for adults ($15), students, and senior citizens over 65 (for $10).