All-American Boys singing All-American songs

The All-American Boys Chorus has developed a reputation for added energy and theatricality to its shows. -
The All-American Boys Chorus has developed a reputation for added energy and theatricality to its shows.
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They are billed as "America's most beloved boys choir" and they will be here July 26.

The All-American Boys Chorus will take the Cowichan Theatre stage to present In the Summertime! concert showcase of many familiar tunes befitting the All-American designation.

Hailing out of Costa Mesa, California, the chorus features 31 singers ranging in age from nine to 15.

Expect selections from West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Michael Jackson and Chicago, as well as Big Band and jazz era classics.

"(The chorus is) outstanding, pure energy and simply wonderful," music director Wesley Martin said in a media release. "We've also developed a strong reputation for 'theatricality'—for doing more than just standing there and singing."

"Throughout our 44-year history, the All-American Boys Chorus has provided boys — more than 1,000 of them to date — with the training, motivation and opportunity to develop and exercise leadership qualities within an exceptional program of choral music," executive director Anthony S. Manrique added.

"We're thrilled this summer to be returning to beautiful Canada."

The chorus has appeared on the Disney Channel, with Josh Groban at Disneyland, in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, at the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton Klondike Days in Canada, and in TV commercials for KFC, Mazda and Cartoon Network.

It has produced five full-length albums: A Little Christmas Magic; On the Sunny Side of the Street;  The Best Gift of All;  By Request!; and the latest, On Tour!

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and seniors. Admission is free for kids under five. For information, call 250-748-7529 or visit www.cowichantheatre.ca.

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