Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: Motown in Our Town
On a cool Sunday evening in early April, we began learning the vocal parts and choreography at our rehearsal space in the basement of The Ohio Theater. If you have been part of a production, you know that Glee gives viewers a false notion of the time and the work it takes. Spontaneous, well-crafted performances only occur in the world of TV and movies. The reality is that CGMC spends hours each week in structured group rehearsals and in additional time outside of rehearsal. I find myself practicing on the way to and from work, while walking my dog, and even singing in the shower. My two left feet require me to attend extra rehearsals so that when the curtain rises, I can sing and dance at the same time...a skill that does not come so naturally for this gay man.
While fine tuning our magic for opening night, we had three previews: the Macy’s HRC Pride Event, the Summer State House Concert Series, and the Pride Festival and Parade. The Sunday before our show, we moved into the Lincoln Theater. There, the artistic director created our own special version of Motown by masterfully bringing together performers, musicians, and production crew. The curtain opened after four very long, hot, and exhausting rehearsal days. The audiences were amazing! Their reaction made it all worthwhile, and quickly erased the memory of the hard work, sore legs, and dedicated hours.
Motown has been remade by artists from many musical genres including country, rap, rock, folk, pop, emo, and speed metal. And now it has been remade by the CGMC! I find it fitting that this particular group of men sang these songs of universal appeal in the historic Lincoln Theater. Not only did this production bring Motown to our town, but it brought Motown to my neighborhood. After three well attended stellar performances it is time for a break – although it will be a very short break. In July, the chorus will be preparing for “JOY 2013,”our holiday season concert. I hear rumors of a CGMC Christmas Album...Stay tuned.
Photos | Mickey Hart