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October 4, 2013

A fantasy cruise

Sweet Adelines board ship in new show

The idea for this year’s annual production of the Sweet Adelines Danville Show Chorus was conceived by its president, Maureen Hinkle, while she was vacationing last winter on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

Hinkle kept notes during her cruise, and when she returned to Danville she spun her ideas into an entertaining script with song and dance routines for this year’s debut of “Cruise to Go.”

Performances of “Cruise to Go” will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Bremer Center at Danville Area Community College. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

The show opens as the chorus is awarded a free cruise on an ocean liner after winning a competition to be the entertainment aboard ship.

“Anyone who has ever been on a cruise or is planning a cruise will really enjoy this performance,” Hinkle said. And because she’s been on five cruises, she has a pretty good idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

The first half of the show will be a rousing songfest, including many familiar tunes, such as “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” “Celebration” and “YMCA.”

As a special treat, chorus members will give their best efforts during a synchronized swimming routine. As to whether the women wear bathing suits on stage, Hinkle said, “I can’t answer that now because that will be one of our many surprises in the show.”

The second half of the production will feature the chorus as it entertains guests on the fantasy cruise ship. Musical selections include favorites such as “Jazz Me Blues” and “If They Could See Me Now,” as well as “Sunny Side Up” and “Chase the Rain Away” — two of the songs performed by the Danville chorus in the regional Sweet Adelines competition, where they took second place.

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