Big Band, Children’s Choir, Opera Take Local Stage

WYO Theater -- Ron Richter Photo
WYO Theater -- Ron Richter Photo

A nationally-known big band, children's choir and opera production are coming to a local stage. Leslie Stratmoen has the story.

Coming to the WYO Theater stage in Sheridan this week is a world class big band, children’s chorale and opera production.

The big band is led by the man who generations got to know over a 30-year-period as he blew his trumpet each night signaling the start of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Yes, Doc Severinsen, who’s now in his 80s, is still blowing his horn. Severinsen was the Tonight Show leader from 1962-92, then took his band on the road. In addition to big band classics, promoters say audiences will also hear pop, jazz and Duke Ellington and County Basie standards. The concert is Wednesday night, April 2, with showtime at 7:30. Tickets are $34 or $42 for prime seating, and $20 for students.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale will take the stage Friday night, April 4, starting at 7. Tickets for that are $14, or $8 for students and $5 for 12-year-olds and younger. Promoters say the group has been performing for decades to audiences around the world, and their musical repertoire ranges from fully staged opera and musical theater pieces to standard choral compositions of classical, folk and pop. This concert will also feature a special guest appearance by the Sheridan County Youth and Children Chorales.

Then on Saturday morning, April 5, the opera takes the stage, by way of a telecast from the Metropolitan Opera house in New York City. The production is Puccini’s “La Boheme,” which is the story of young lovers that has the distinction of being the most performed opera in Met history. Curtains go up at 11. The cost is $18 and $9 for students. The WYO Theater is located on Main Street in downtown Sheridan.

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