Songs Cast A Magical Spell
August 21, 2016
The Small Town Theatre Company closed its summer concert series on a high note with Broadway classics at the gazebo at Wampus Brook Park. The star and moonlit Saturday evening was an idyllic setting for four performers who entertained an appreciative audience of 300 with an array of songs from popular Broadway musicals.
The quality performances from the quartet of Daniele Hager, Juan José Ibarra, Craig Schulman, and Lisa Spielman, under the musical direction of Eric Thomas Johnson, presented Broadway classics including “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun, “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot, “For Good” from Wicked, “In His Eyes” from Jekyll & Hyde, “Someone To Watch Over Me” from Oh, Kay!, “Quintet” from West Side Story, “One Day More” from Les Miserables, and appropriately ending with the title song from Sunday in the Park with George.
Among those in the audience was State Senator George Latimer and his wife Robin. Attending a multitude of Westchester County summer concerts, Latimer said about music bringing communities together, “The music touches you in a way, particularly the Broadway music, because we know the plays that we heard: West Side Story, Les Miz, and Phantom Of The Opera. Whatever your political, or other interests or philosophies are, we have all experienced these things and the story lines move us. We are sitting here, enjoying how great they are musically. We also get taken away by the quality of the music itself.”
Latimer continued, "Sam Morell [co-founder of The Small Town Theatre Company] made an important point, given the size of Armonk. You have a high percent of performing arts in a community of this size [with performers] who are willing to donate their professional time on a Saturday night, where they could be making a lot of money doing gigs someplace else. There are other communities much bigger that have much less.”
For the past eight years, Sam Morell has co-produced superb entertainment of music, theater and film. In 2015, he was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce. His support of the Town of North Castle has been reciprocated by the residents, businesses and the town officials; all agree that Morell has provided some outstanding community events and memories. We thank Sam Morell for his dedication to the arts, which the community has continued to thoroughly enjoy.