Broadway and Beyond to help Kirk mark 200th anniversary

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NEW GLASGOW — The Funtastiks and Friends will present “Broadway and Beyond” on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

From Dartmouth, the Funtastiks are Eleanor Hall and Jennifer Eames — divas who share a passion for having fun while making music and entertaining. They both love Broadway tunes. They are joined by their friends, June Rigden (piano), Martin Walker (guitar) and Laurene Mac Donald (narrator).

A Pictou County native, Eleanor Hall (soprano), loves to sing and has been performing since the age of six. In 2006, she concluded a successful career as a music specialist, choral conductor, drama teacher and English Department head. After graduate studies at the University of Alberta, she wrote many plays including Harry and the Boss, Babes on Broadway and Hooked on Classics.

Jennifer Eames (alto) performs frequently as a vocalist, guitarist and accompanist. She has sung and played the guitar and bodhran for many groups. During her 30 years doing group and individual psychotherapy for adults with mental health concerns, she found music to be a wonderful elixir for the soul.

June Rigden (piano) is a retired music teacher and choral conductor. She has a major in piano performance and has been a collaborative accompanist for many choirs and soloists.

Martin Walker is an accomplished guitarist who performs frequently with Acoustic Firefly and the King Street Band.

Broadway and Beyond is a fast-paced, humorous and, at times, poignant show. The varied repertoire includes some of Broadway’s finest hits such as selections from My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess and Finian’s Rainbow. There are also songs from modern musicals like For Good (Wicked) and all That Jazz (Chicago) and from less known musicals such as Crazy World (Victor, Victoria).

This concert will help the Kirk celebrate its 200th anniversary. Proceeds are going to the Pipe Organ Restoration Fund.

Submitted by Laurene Mac Donald