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February 12, 2014

"Winter Revue" set in Boston

THOMASVILLE — Boston is preparing to bring the Red Hills Players to the Boston Events Center to perform in their second concert of the year on March 1.

“Red Hills Players Winter Revue” is a musical journey through the stories of men and women throughout history and fantasy with songs by award-winning composers, including Sondeim, Menken and Webber. Designed as an exploration of life stories, told through song, the Winter Revue showcases fresh talent from the Red Hills Region.

In January, at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, the Red Hills Players appeared in a similar revue. The performers are Rebecca Fadell, Mosisah Mavity, Rick McDonnell and Hananel Mavity.

Fadell, a mezzo-soprano and pianist born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University.

Fadell has performed with the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, the Minnesota Opera and the Florida State Opera. Her favorite roles include Flora in Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro,” Hermia in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Med in Adamo’s “Little Women” and most recently— Bertha in the Red Hills Player’s production of “Jane Eyre.” She works as a pianist and voice teacher in south Georgia and an adjunct instructor of voice at Thomas University.

Mavity is a graduate of Brevard College in North Carolina, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Vocal Performance. She caught the “theatre” bug at a very young age and appeared in productions with regional theatres throughout the Southeast, as well as the Asheville Lyric Opera, The Massachusetts College Light Opera Company, and the Brevard College Bavarian Tour Choir.

Her favorite roles include Maria in the Brevard College “West Side Story Revue” and Annette in “The God of Carnage.” She is currently the Youth Programs coordinator at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

Since graduating from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Music Performance, McDonnell has been with a variety of music performance opportunities. He has traveled with a men’s quartet for two summers.

He has also performed in musical productions including Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Ruddigore,” and the Broadway musical “Jane Eyre” (with the Red Hills Players company) and sang in a barbershop chorus in Pensacola and many church music opportunities.

After McDonnell moved to Boston in 2011, he joined the Sons of Jubal, a men’s chorus and brass ensemble comprised of music ministers and other church workers from Georgia. The group participated in the International Spring Friendship Arts Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea and also performed in Beijing, China.

Hananel Mavity is artistic director and founder of Red Hills Players. She is also a recording artist with Gatorbone Records and a member of the staff at Thomasville Center of the Arts where she teaches Theatre Arts and manages youth arts education. She has appeared on regional stages with Theatre A La Carte, Theatre Tallahassee, Travelers Reparatory Theatre Company and more over the past 10 years.

The Red Hill Players are brought to Boston by the Boston Community Club. This performance in the Boston Events Center — formerly the Boston Primitive Baptist Church — is the first of several similar events planned for the 2014 by the community club.

Tickets for the March 1 event will be available at the door and are $10 per person. For more information about this performance or about the Boston Community Club, contact Danny Groover at (229) 498-4065 or for more information about Boston, visit www.bostonga.com.

 

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