Masquers performance to include teen singers

Benefit is this Saturday

Masquers performers will sing show tunes from past productions in a benefit concert for cancer this Saturday. Front row: Hope Marleau, Jenessa Waslik, Jillian Scherb and Bill Fauver. Second row: Bill Munson (kneeling), Grayson DeWolfe, Heidi Leeson, Lori Jo Scherb, Brenda Brown, Brian Etienne and Karen Hillman. Back row: Cami Sells, Doniver Ahlm, Paul Brown, Scott Stoneking, Judy Marleau and Bill Roman. Not pictured are Bobbi Sells, Janice Murphy Roman, Stephanie Johnson and Jake Sells.

Masquers performers will sing show tunes from past productions in a benefit concert for cancer this Saturday. Front row: Hope Marleau, Jenessa Waslik, Jillian Scherb and Bill Fauver. Second row: Bill Munson (kneeling), Grayson DeWolfe, Heidi Leeson, Lori Jo Scherb, Brenda Brown, Brian Etienne and Karen Hillman. Back row: Cami Sells, Doniver Ahlm, Paul Brown, Scott Stoneking, Judy Marleau and Bill Roman. Not pictured are Bobbi Sells, Janice Murphy Roman, Stephanie Johnson and Jake Sells.

 

 

The key will be the same, but the octave has changed.

Forest Lake High School student Grayson DeWolfe of Scandia is not a boy soprano anymore.

He can still sing the songs from “Oliver,” the Masquers Theatre production he starred in five years ago, when he was 10. But when he sings the solo “Where is Love” and the duet “Consider Yourself” at the Masquers Theatre Benefit on Saturday, he’ll be using a different voice and style.

Since playing the lead in “Oliver,” DeWolfe has been making music on the piano, alto sax, electric guitar and baritone horn. He has performed at the Washington County Fair, Taco Daze and Century Junior High, and acted in the Youth Performing Arts program in Forest Lake.

And he has written enough songs to fill a CD, which was released at a concert at Forest Hills Methodist Church on May 18. About 150 people attended that event.

As a ninth-grader, Grayson DeWolfe was the pianist in the Century Junior High jazz band.

As a ninth-grader, Grayson DeWolfe was the pianist in the Century Junior High jazz band.

DeWolfe said he started band as an alto sax player, but was asked to switch to baritone horn to fill a gap. “I taught myself baritone by spending two weeks in a back room” practicing alone, he said, and then joined the group.

This fall DeWolfe will be in 10th grade at Forest Lake High School. He leaves behind the Century jazz band, where he spent two years on electric guitar and one year as the pianist. DeWolfe received the Century jazz band award in June.

In high school two of his electives will be choir and band, and he plans to go back to electric guitar in the jazz band. He will continue playing baritone horn in band.

DeWolfe with cast members of “Once on this Island,” the spring production of Youth Performing Arts.

DeWolfe with cast members of “Once on this Island,” the spring production of Youth Performing Arts.

The 15-year-old musician began playing piano when he was about 2 years old, with his mother Jeanine as his first teacher. Currently he studies with Cindy Thompson in Stillwater.

If you’d like to see DeWolfe perform and don’t want to wait for the Masquers benefit on Saturday, you can visit www.youtube.com/user/GraysonProductions2. His CD songs are available on iTunes.com.

Hope Marleau is another Forest Lake High School student who will perform at the benefit.

Marleau began her Masquers career with “Oliver” in 2008, and also was in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Music Man,” and “The Fiddler on the Roof.”

A sophomore last year at Forest Lake High School, she sang in the chorus for the fall production of “High School Musical.” She also sings in the choir.

At the Masquers event, look for Marleau to sing in all the group numbers, either soprano or alto, depending on what is needed.

Her favorite number is “Go Go Go Joseph,” the energetic disco song and dance from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (For this event, the singers will wear suits and evening gowns.)

The other teens in the Masquers show Saturday are Jake Sells, who graduated this spring from Chisago Lakes High School, and Jillian Scherb, who graduated from Blaine High School.

Relay for Life Fundraiser 

The July 27 performance at Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Drive, will raise funds for the Forest Lake Relay for Life.

Hear songs from previous Masquers productions “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Fantastiks,” “Oliver,” “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Music Man,” “Don’t Hug Me,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Doniver Ahlm will be master of ceremonies.

Appetizers from Vannelli’s will be served starting at 6:30 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30. 

Tickets cost $30 and are available at the Yellow Bus in Forest Lake, or by calling 651-464-5823 or visiting www.masquerstheatre.org. 

Tickets will also be sold at the door for the show only (no appetizers). Show-only tickets cost $20. 

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