We are pleased to announce the 7th annual benefit concert for the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment in partnership with Barton College. You will hear some of the finest talent in this region performing music from the most versatile musical theater composer of our times!
The show is entitled "Magic To Do: A Stephen Schwartz Revue" and offers music from his most famous musical shows: Pippin, Wicked, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Godspell. A few choice numbers come from Schwartz's more obscure shows, Children of Eden and The Reluctant Pilgrim.
The cast includes Barton's own Director of Theatre Sherry Lee Allen and 2020 graduate Jamie Allen. From the Paramount Theater in Goldsboro you will hear Adam Twiss, Jim Grant, Clay Raines, and Madeline Edwards. A Wilsonian favorite, Hannah Slaughter, will be joining, accompanied by Mount Olive University's Bill Ford on reeds, Dale Bryce on bass, David Daniels on drums and the pianist is Jonathon's mom, Rita Bennett.
Highlights of the show will include music from Wicked, "Dancing Through Life," "As Long As You're Mine," "What is this Feeling?", "Defying Gravity," and "For Good." Also, perennial favorites from Pippin are featured: "Corner of the Sky," "Love Song," "Right Track", "Extraordinary," "Morning Glow" and "Magic To Do." Rounding out the program are "Colors of the Wind,"
If I Never Knew You," "Out There," "Since I Gave My Heart Away," a gospel mashup pairing "Ain't It Good" and "Bless the Lord," plus a few unknown selections that are stunning and fun.
All proceeds benefit the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment, a scholarship held by the North Carolina Community Foundation [NCCF, Tax ID #58-1661700] to honor the life of a truly remarkable young man who lost his life tragically in April of 2013 while a junior at ECU. The Scholarship is available to Fike High School students who excel in academics, arts, and athletics, as Jonathon did. To date the scholarship has supported nine