The Lake Chapala Chorale’s final performance of their fall show, “Singing on a Star,” took place at La Bodega on October 15, under the direction of Cindy Paul.
The minimal space, set and costumes were reminiscent of the classic musical “The Fantasticks,” with performers stepping into different roles by changing hats or adding scarves.
Probably the most creative part of the show was the choice of songs, some of which, Paul said, were suggested by the cast members. They included “The King and I,” through which the company introduced itself; “If I Loved You” from “Carousel,” which Norb Michel performed with the sweetest smile; “High Flying, Adored” from “Evita,” an evocative and polished number sung by Jaimie Dipp and Paul; and “Memory” (from Cats), sung with heartfelt sincerity and musical acuity by Paul, who also produced the show.
The two-hour musical tour was like a journey through my young adulthood spent in theater seats (when they were affordable). I was swept from “Oklahoma!” through “The Sound of Music” to “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “South Pacific,” “West Side Story” and many more.