Crossroads Theatre Guild to host benefit show

Sweet Adelines to present evening in music in Reed City theater

REED CITY — Theatre lovers in Osceola County are in for an extra treat this summer. Members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild are hosting a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on July 13 in Reed City. Located in the former Reed City Congregational Church building at 249 W. Upton Ave., the Crossroads Center for the Performing Arts is now home to live theater and music. The proceeds from this concert will be used to continue the transformation of the former sanctuary into a fully functioning theater. Crossroads Theatre Guild has arranged for a performance by the local chapter of Sweet Adelines singers — Crossroads Harmony Chorus, in their new facility. The singing group will bring their exciting brand of barbershop harmony to the stage. The singing group was organized about 10 years ago, shortly after the closing of the Timbertones chapter of Sweet Adelines in Cadillac. Several members from the Reed City area wanted to keep the music going and Crossroads Harmony Chorus was born. The group has been directed by Evart resident, Jim Whitten, since 2005. These singers are unusual because they do not sing with instrumental accompaniment. Their style of singing is called “a cappella” and is based on the barbershop harmony tradition. The chorus is divided into four sections: bass, baritone, tenor and lead. Each section learns a separate singing part and then puts them all together to create harmony with each other. The result is “ringing” chords and a thrilling sound. Crossroads Harmony Chorus has grown both musically and physically in the past year. Now, with approximately 20 singers, these local Sweet Adelines recently won the trophy as Most Improved Chorus in their Region, including most of Michigan and parts of Ontario. The benefit program will include both chorus and quartets singing summertime favorites such as “Zippidy Doo Dah,” “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “San Francisco Bay Blues,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and much more. Crossroads Theatre Guild is happy to have the Sweet Adelines singing on its stage. Theatre patrons are urged to attend this benefit show and to see all the improvements that have been made at the Center for the Performing Arts. Thanks to a grant from the Osceola Community Foundation, additional lighting and new technical equipment has been installed. The money raised by this program will be used to continue the improvements that are underway.  Please mark your calendar for July 13 as to not miss this performance. Tickets are available for purchase at the Reed City Depot or reservation at crossroadstheatreguild@gmail.com and 231-734-9859.