These are random shots I took at the Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus annual Cabaret show while I wasn't performing. Most were taken while we were either setting up for the show or when the various groups were going through warm-ups. Unfortunately, I'm guessing whoever had my camera when the two octets and the chorus were on stage in performance mode didn't push the shutter button hard enough as there were no shots of these groups performing when I downloaded the pictures. My fault - I was in such a rush to hand off the camera I didn't explain that I had put the camera in movie mode, and you needed to see the red record light come on. Such is life.
This was my first show with this chorus, and I wasn't sure what to expect. But we had a good MC, the acoustics in the Felton Community center were lively, and the speaker system was one of the better set-ups I've heard. I think the combination (and of course the hard work of the chorus and quartet members and director) contributed to all of the groups putting on a great performance. And the desserts were excellent and plentiful. This chorus does not lack for talent in either the vocal or culinary departments (all the desserts were made by the chorus members). And to top it off, there were nice prizes to be won in the raffle - I can attest to this as I was one of the winners - see my haul in the last shot! And we had a good time at the afterglow as well, in spite of being kicked out of one resturant.
In case you're wondering, no - instruments are not part of Barbershop but they were used in our entertainment package, and yes - traditional Barbershop choruses are all male. The Santa Cruz Chapter is one of the very few (only?) chapters that allow women to sing as well. And if you are either male or female and want to check us out - and especially if you like to sing, we meet most Wednesdays at 7pm in the music room (near California and Walnut) at Santa Cruz HS.
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