Kathy Voytko, Scott Logsdon, Kris Koop Ouellette and Bart Shatto Will Headline Benefit Concert of Chess

News   Kathy Voytko, Scott Logsdon, Kris Koop Ouellette and Bart Shatto Will Headline Benefit Concert of Chess
 
Kathy Voytko, Scott Logsdon, Kris Koop Ouellette and Bart Shatto will headline a concert version of the musical Chess Dec. 8 at 2 PM at the Richland Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, PA.

Logsdon (Les Misérables), who will also direct and stage the evening, will play Anatoly with Voytko (Nine, The Pirate Queen) as Florence, Koop Ouellette (Phantom of the Opera) as Svetlana and Shatto (Hands on a Hardbody) as Freddie. Voytko, Koop Ouellette and Logsdon are former residents of the Johnstown area.

Musical direction will be by Jerrod Cannistraci, and Kim Rauch will serve as the choral director.

"We are excited and proud to have been specially granted the rights to produce this incredible musical in concert form. It will be a thrill for our students and alumni to perform alongside former area residents who went on to have wonderful careers on Broadway," said Scott D. Miller, executive director of the RPAC, in a statement.

The concert will act as a fundraiser for a scholarship founded by the Richland Theatre Boosters, in memory of Kiersten Robertson, a Richland student who was killed in an automobile accident on opening night of her school musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011.

Chess features lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King, Aida) and music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA. The musical, according to press notes, "focuses on the professional and personal intrigues surrounding the World Chess Championship between the American title holder and his Russian challenger."

Chess is produced by Kim Rauch and Scott D. Miller. Other members of the creative team include sound designer Ben Easler and lighting designer William Sievers.

Richland Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Academic Avenue, Johnstown, PA. For information and tickets, call (814) 269-0300 or visit RichlandPAC.com.

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