The Wisconsin Singers — made up of 29 University of Wisconsin-Madison singers, dancers and instrumentalists — are performing Friday night at Central High School.
The group’s members include Central High School graduate Hunter Hermes.
It was Hermes who brought the group to the attention of Central High School band director Adam Scheele.
“Hunter, who was a student of mine, is the drummer in the group,” Scheele said. “He asked about having the Wisconsin Singers perform here. It’s kind of a homecoming for him. Plus, it’s great to have college level and professional groups come to our community and perform. It helps build support for the arts in the area. It also helps our music programs when our students see performances of this caliber.”
In addition to Friday night’s performance, the Wisconsin Singers will work with students in the Central Swing Incorporated show choir earlier that day.
Central Swing Incorporated is also opening for the Wisconsin Singers Friday night.
The Wisconsin Singers are performing “In Living Color!” — a show described as “packed with more than 60 songs from timeless legends like Judy Garland and Elvis Presley to current pop icons such as Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Broadway fans will love well-known numbers from ‘Grease,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Hamilton.’ Kids of all ages will laugh out loud at the antics of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Slimer from ‘Ghostbusters.’
“The Wisconsin Singers band also plays an impressive medley of jazz classics and a tribute to the ’80s.”
A highlight for Wisconsin Badger fans is the group’s rendition of the Fifth Quarter, where audiences sing “Varsity” and dance to “Tequila,” “Jump Around” and “Hey Baby.”
The troupe’s Broadway-caliber performances entertain more than 50,000 people each year, and the group has represented the university as “Official Ambassadors of Goodwill” since 1967.
The show is 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 17) at the high school, 24617 75th St. (Highway 50) in Paddock Lake. The show will run 90 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens (age 55 and older). Tickets are available in advance at www.westosha.k12.wi.us and will also be sold at the door.
The Westosha Central High Music Parents Association is sponsoring the performance, and proceeds will support the school’s performing arts programs.