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PJC presents “The All Night Strut!”

Published or Revised November 13, 2014

All Night Strut

Practice is ongoing at Paris Junior College as performers prepare for “The All Night Strut: A Musical Review of the 1930s and 1940s.” Shown from left are Michelle Hobbs, Jordan Carter, Haley Hines and Cody Rice.

Paris Junior College students will be celebrating great American music with “The All Night Strut: A Musical Review of the 1930s and 1940s” in the Ray Karrer Theater Nov. 14, 15 and 16.

A band will accompany the performance by singers/dancers as they showcase such popular tunes as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In The Mood,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and many more. The musical review covers the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom and is filled with jazz, blues, bebop and American songbook standards.

Songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins will be on display by PJC’s talented students.

“The students have taken to the music as if it were their own and have researched the lives of young adults from the period,” said PJC drama instructor and musical director William Walker. “The community should come and see this show because it takes us back to a time when desperation was high but spirits were higher and hope was the one thing that kept us going.”

“We will be dedicating the show to veterans to thank them for their sacrifice and dedication to our country, both past and present,” said Walker.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16. Tickets are $12 or free with PJC ID in the Ray Karrer Theater located in the Administration Building at PJC. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 903-782-0420.

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