Working your way to the top usually means taking one step at a time. Ramsey Whitney, a 12-year-old Munford Middle School student, is taking a huge step towards her goal of a career in theater.
She is in New York City this week having been chosen for a role in the preview concert for "Tara Tremendous," a new musical being developed for Broadway by Wonkybot Studios, an independent production, publishing and music company that focuses on children and family entertainment.
Ramsey will work alongside Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees and Mimi Ryder from "Matilda." If this isn’t exciting enough, she will also be in the original cast recording for the show.
"We’ve seen the script, and it’s going to be great," said Emmalie Whitney, Ramsey’s mom.
Ramsey has been seen in CAST Theatre productions for eight years, starting out in CAST Kidz.
For "Tara Tremendous," Ramsey plays Lydia Benedict, Tara’s cousin, a girl who has been surrounded by wealth and glamour all of her life and spoiled rotten by her grandmother. When the two opposites meet one another, the fireworks begin. But Tara soon has the upper hand; she accidently inherits every superpower in the world.
JSU/Community Orchestra concert
It will be a keynote event — keys from not only the piano but from the typewriter, as well — when the JSU/Community Orchestra performs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Anniston First United Methodist Church.
One of the selections at the concert will be especially memorable: "The Typewriter" by Leroy Anderson, featuring Kim Cooper, the music department secretary, at the keys.
Because the majority of the pieces are short and varied, conductor Darryl Harris is calling it a "Bon Bons" concert. The program will showcase students playing the cello, horn and flute.
Among the pieces are:
• " Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, with guest conductor Matt Davenport.
• "The Pearl Fishers’ Duet" by Georges Bizet (best known for "Carmen"), with vocalists Nick Doyle and Nathan Wight.
• "Marceau de Concert" ("a little concert") by Camille Saint-Saens, with Rebekah Boos on horn.
• Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade, with flutist Catherine Watwood.
• Sonata No. 5 for Cello and Basso Continuo by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring Alex Dilley.
• "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals" by Saint-Saens, featuring cellist Emma Grace Davis.
Listen for the qualities that the star instruments possess.
The cello’s middle register, most frequently played, produces a serious, smooth, baritone-like quality, expressive of some degree of feeling.
The flute possesses a soft, cool, fluid timbre. Its lower notes are darkly expressive.
The French horn, if played loud, sounds majestic and brassy: if played softly, it is satisfying and melodic.
Everyone is invited. It is a free concert.
Gadsden Symphony pops concert
The Gadsden Symphony Orchestra will perform its spring pops concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the campus of Gadsden State Community College.
The final concert of the 2016-17 season, it will feature a rock-and-roll theme.
The first half of the program will be a "mini course" in the history of rock and roll, with selections by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Tower of Power, The Who and Journey.
For the second half of the program, the GSO welcomes Bridgid Bibbens, an electric and acoustic violinist. She has performed with major artists in the rock, pop and jazz worlds.
Bibbens will perform music by Mozart, Led Zeppelin, the Charlie Daniels Band and GSO Music Director Mike Gagliardo. Bibbens’ performance will also include five members each of the Gadsden City High School Orchestra and the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. GSO is offering a $5 discount for online ticket purchases. The discount can be obtained by using the discount code LEDZEP on the ticketing website, www.wallacehall.org.
Purchase tickets in person at the front desk of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts Center, or at the door at Wallace Hall beginning one hour before the performance.
For more information, contact the Wallace Hall Box Office at 256-549-8475.
Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.