‘Choir of Man’ provides laughs at Civic Center


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



The cast of “The Choir Of Man” performs on the stage Friday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

The cast of “The Choir Of Man” performs on the stage Friday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

Mark Loveday, actor for “The Choir Of Man” serves beer on stage before Friday’s performance to Eric Vennekotter, of Glandorf, and Paul Tucker, of Lima.

Mark Loveday, actor for “The Choir Of Man” serves beer on stage before Friday’s performance to Eric Vennekotter, of Glandorf, and Paul Tucker, of Lima.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

LIMA — High-energy dancing, singing, live percussion and foot-stomping choreography was brought to the stage of Veterans Memorial Civic Center with “Choir of Man” Friday night.

The show, attended by approximately 600 people, featured nine characters in a pub crawl setting.

Shawnee residents Steve and his wife Renee Kennedy and their children Megan, 23, and Justin, 20, travel around Ohio as a family to go to microbreweries and loved the pub-themed performance. They said they have been looking forward to Friday night’s performance and went to breweries in Minster and Coldwater and in Michigan.

“We have enjoyed coming to events at the Civic Center and like the big city productions in a small town,” Steve Kennedy said.

Renee Kennedy said it was exciting to get to listen to music together as a family.

The traditional British-style pub stage came to life with a wooden bar and bar stools, piano and bottles of brandy, wines, spirits, whiskey, gin, fine ales, cigars and port with a sign on stage that read “Welcome To The Jungle” that was the first song sung during the performance.

Dickie Lock, 35, of Hastings, Sussex, who was one of the actors in the show said he has been acting since he was 6.

“I want people to have positivity and a good feeling when they watch our show and that is what theater allows,” Lock said.

He said the production is a brotherhood of what it is to be a man and promote anti-toxic masculinity.

It was one of the favorite shows performed last year, and this was the second time it came to to the Civic Center, according to Abe Ambroza, Civic Center CEO.

The show originally began gaining traction in the U.K. and Australia, where much of the cast is from, and is now on its second U.S. tour.

There was a working bar prior to the performance where event goers could sample Moeller Brew Barn’s Blackberry Prairie Wheat.

Pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock songs were performed to entertain the audience.

Music from artists such as Adele, Queen, Katy Perry and Red Hot Chili Peppers were sung to the audience’s delight.

A nine-part harmony version of Sia’s “Chandelier,” “The Impossible Dream” and “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” got the crowd on their feet.

The cast of “The Choir Of Man” performs on the stage Friday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/02/web1_Choir1.jpgThe cast of “The Choir Of Man” performs on the stage Friday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News
Mark Loveday, actor for “The Choir Of Man” serves beer on stage before Friday’s performance to Eric Vennekotter, of Glandorf, and Paul Tucker, of Lima.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/02/web1_Bar2.jpgMark Loveday, actor for “The Choir Of Man” serves beer on stage before Friday’s performance to Eric Vennekotter, of Glandorf, and Paul Tucker, of Lima. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

By Jennifer Peryam

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