Lyric Repertory Concert Honors Late Theater Patriarch Vosco Call – Cache Valley Daily
Members of the Lyric Repertory Company performed the 4th Annual Vosco Call Spotlight Concert in memory of their late founder and artistic director, Vosco Call (left).
LOGAN — The late Vosco Call would have been proud of the Lyric Repertory Company performers who sang in his honor on Tuesday, July 19.
Their professionalism and talent – like his – was remarkable.
The theme of 4e The annual Vosco Call Spotlight concert was musicals and the show opened with an ensemble selection of tracks from the Hugh Jackman film The greatest showman – an obvious homage to Vosco Call which was performed remarkably well.
The Spotlight Concert is an annual Lyric Troupe event honoring its founder and first artistic director, Vosco Call.
In a fun music video that served as a prologue to the concert, emcees Richie Call and Jason Spelbring were able to show off their vocal talents and introduce some self-deprecating jokes.
“This event was created to celebrate our customers and showcase the talents of our company,” added Richie Call, speaking in person to greet the audience. “We also hope to raise awareness and funds for the Lyric Repertory Company’s endowment fund.”
Call said donations to this fund can be made through Lyric’s website at http://www.usu.edu/lyricrep
He also urged members of the public to “talk” about the Lyric Repertory Company with their friends and neighbors.
Call had promised popular, family-friendly tunes ranging from the golden age of musicals to current blockbusters, but music director Lawrence Laureano’s selection of brilliantly arranged tracks was relatively contemporary.
After the introductory remarks of Richie Call and Spelbring, the performers first turned to tunes chosen from the essential Disney musicals. Timo Rasmussen performed “Out There” on the score of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Kelly McGaw did “Show Yourself” from Frozen II; and Carolina Flores Parada sang “La Llorona” from coconut in Spanish.
These performers and others in the concert cast were all from Lyric’s ongoing production of terrible friday.
Switching to meatier music by composer Stephen Sondheim, Kat Lee performed the fun “I Know Things Now” from In the woodsfollowed by the entire concert singing the haunting “Children Will Listen” from that show’s finale.
Also from Sondheim, Dan Webb performed “Being Alive” by Company and the versatile Blake Bundy beautifully sang “Not a Day Goes By” from We ride happily.
Then Laureano brought the house down with a touching rendition of “Losing My Mind” from the Sondheim musical. Follies.
Other highlights of the night were Keaolani Hosino singing “I Didn’t Plan It” from the musical Waitress by pop star Sara Bareilles; a dramatic performance of “I Am Changing” by dream girls by Jimmy Haynie; a The set mash-up duo of Sydnee Fullmer and Grace Garner; and McKenna Walwyn and Preston Rowland performing the “Elephant Love Medley” from Red Mill!
Other Spotlight Concert cast members include Kaito Davis, Mia Gatherum, Christopher Klinger, Lacy J. Dunn, and Carlwell Redman.
The 4e The annual Vosco Call Spotlight concert will resume at 7:30 p.m. on July 26 at the Morgan Theater on the campus of Utah State University.
In a sense, the late Vosco Call was the grandfather of the entire performing arts community here.
A native of Cache Valley, Vosco Call was already an accomplished stage actor when he joined the Utah State faculty decades ago.
He was a founding member of the university’s Modern Theater Arts program, where he helped shape several generations of future performers.
Vosco Call was also instrumental in the acquisition and restoration of the Caine Lyric Theatre. In 1967 he founded the Old Lyric Repertory Company and the rest, as they say, is history.
The theater patriarch died in 2019 at the age of 91.