Mosey on down for a musical: Alan invites you to round ’em up with the Bytown Beat Chorus

The 31-member chorus of Rodeo Queen, playing twice on Saturday

Dr. Alan Viau has been performing weddings and other life celebrations in Ottawa since 2004. On his own blog, he compiles useful tips on what’s gone well and what to watch for based on the hundreds of weddings he’s conducted in the National Capital Region. He’s also a part-time theatre buff!

It will be an evening of hooting and hollering this Saturday as the Bytown Beat Chorus presents their newest musical “Rodeo Queen.” As we speak, the 31-member chorus, led by Pam Warkentin, is getting ready to entertain you with a western-themed story and lots of great tunes. Tickets are going quickly for two shows at the Shenkman Arts Centre this Saturday, Nov. 5. Ya better giddy up there to get’em while there’s still some left.

The Bytown Beat Chorus performs barbershop-style acappella singing. However, these ladies do more than sing the songs. As director, Warkentin writes the musicals for them. The result is a staged concert with a story linking the lively tunes with acting and dancing. For this musical, there will also be special guest appearances, as fiddler Wade Foster and the award-winning male quartet Fusion grace the stage for added variety.

A behind-the-scenes look at the cast

Rodeo Queen follows the story of Lawanda Darlene and her friends around the rodeo circuit, with Lawanda finding that there are other interests besides horses. With stories of found and lost love, we finish with a happy ending. The show is interspersed with familiar songs like One Fine Day, Any Man of Mine, Hey Good Lookin, Mood Indigo and Time After Time.

All in all, it all promises to be a good time. Saturday’s shows take place at 2pm and 8pm, and tickets are available through the Shenkman Arts Centre box office.

Thanks Alan! Sounds like it’s shaping up to be a busy weekend for Ottawa already!