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Patriotic musical attracts a full church

“Homeland,” a patriotic musical presented by The Voices of the Community Choir, attracted a large crowd at First Baptist Church at 124 South Memorial Street Sunday afternoon.

The program began with the singing of The Star Spangled Banner, and followed with This Land is Your Land, with a solo by Becky Morehead and trio singers Ruth Lucas, Laura Spivey, and Raymond Bulles; A Salute to the States; Livin’ in the Homeland, A Salute to the Armed Forces; Count the Cost; Let Justice Roll On with a solo by Josh Avant; We Shall Overcome; Lean on Me, with a solo by Lillie Singleton; We the People, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and the Doxology.

A reception was held in the church social hall after the program   

First Baptist Church Minister of Music Scott Davis also directed the event. He said that people from about 10 area churches formed the choir, and that word about this year’s casting call was spread mostly through word of mouth.

“Practice for this show actually started in early February, and most of the new members were gotten by word of mouth from people who have sung with us in the past,” Davis said. “We started early because we know from past experience that practice attendance gets somewhat sporadic during the late spring and summer months due to vacations and other obligations, such as things like Father’s Day.”

Davis said he helps those who have to be out for a practice or two by giving out CDs of the performances that highlight individual parts so the people can practice at home by singing along. “This really seems to work very well for us,” he added.

  Spring and Christmas concerts are held every year. Davis said that practice for the Chrisman show will begin in about five weeks.

The singing group was composed of:

Soprano; Amy Avant, Sherry Baker, Mary C. Bennett, Annette Burke, Kelsey Cattles, Ellen Fender, Joyce Harrison, Linda Henderson, Martha Johnson, Diana Langdale, Suzanne Martin, Becky Morehead, Patsy Morgan, Gillian O’Quinn, Ellen Smith, Patsy Stanfield, Esssie Tumbleston, and Betty Warren.

Alto: Judy Bridge, Patty Caison, Vonda Calcutt, Troyce Crosby, Nancy Davis, Susan Harrison, Kay Herndon, Teresa Hiers, June Hudson, Peggy Jefferies, Ruth Lucas, Susan Martin, Belle Morehead, Lillie Singleton, Ginger Walker, and Gloristine Williams.

Tenor: Josh Avant, Travis Avant, Everett Crosby, Robert Driggers, Cal Griffin, Shawn Langdale, and Laura Spivey.

Bass: Maxcy Baxter, Dewayne Brickle, Raymond Bulles, Meredith Henderson, Donald Lake, Lewis Langdale, Barry Morehead, Marshall Morehead, and Deron Smith.

Lynn Bazzler was the rehearsal accompanist; Jim Killian was the media technician; and Scott Davis was the director.

The singers and others associated with the production gave a special thank you to Colleton County Fire-Rescue; the Boy Scouts; John and Joan Hiott; the reception hosts, servers, cooks, and contributors; and Cook Productions for their assistance.