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Swing Into Spring' set for Sunday at MCC

By Staff
REHEARSAL Variations and the MCC Singers will present "Swing Into Spring" at 3 p.m. Sunday in McCain Theater on the Meridian Community College campus. Variations members include: Front row, from the left, DeShae Mouton, Anson F. Norwood, Kylee McLemore, Heather McGinn, Brandon C. Moseley and Amy Bobo; center, Lauren Lee; and back row, from the left, Andrew Webb, Melodie Norman, Jeremy Scarbrough, Danielle Rigdon, Holly Jones and Clark Thomas. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
March 22, 2002
All types of music will take center stage this weekend at "Swing Into Spring," featuring the Variations and MCC Singers.
The free concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the McCain Theater on the campus of Meridian Community College.
Founded in 1972 by Dr. Bob Hermetz, the Variations and MCC Singers perform several times a year including during the state Junior Miss Program.
The groups also perform regularly for MCC alumni, various schools, churches and civic clubs. The Variations dance, sing and perform everything from Broadway musicals to a 1940s music review.
MCC students audition to become part of the MCC Singers; the best are chosen as the Variations. They also participate in the Community Choir, allowing them to perform with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
"It gives the young people a chance to develop their talent and perform very upbeat music, gaining confidence in their skills and developing their voices," Hermetz said
Group members meet weekly, gaining skills in stage performance and singing.
"The skills they learn help them communicate with others," Hermetz said. "They learn how to relate to people of all ages, because we sing in front of the very young to the elderly."
Sunday's concert will feature all types of music, including such songs as "Splish Splash," "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Jump, Jive and Wail," "The Lord Bless and Keep You" and "Danny Boy."
Members of the Variations include Amy Bobo, Holly Jones, Lauren Lee, Kylee McLemore, Heather McGinn, Brandon Moseley, DeShae Mouton, Melodie Norman, Anson Norwood, Danielle Rigdon, Jeremy Scarbrough, Clark Thomas and Andrew Webb.
Members of the MCC Singers include: Jennifer Bell, Amy Bobo, Jeff Boles, Jonathan Burton, Brian Carroll, Lisa Cothern, Qua Crockett, Jamie Ford, Latrina Grace, Susan Hatcher, Phillip Hendricks, Holly Jones, Lauren Lee, Jessica Lockridge, Stewart Marshall, Kylee McLemore, Heather McGinn, Jennifer Meyers, Brandon Moseley, DeShae Mouton, Jennifer Nanney, Melodie Norman, Anson Norwood, Loretta Pruitt, Danielle Rigdon, Jeremy Scarbrough, Clark Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas, Marcelene Thompson, Carla Warner, Andrew Webb, Dixie Wellman, Paul White and Alonzo Williams.
Wayne McInnis is the accompanist and Carol Merrill is the choreographer.

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