From Silver Screen to Stage

This June, Central Florida Community Arts is presenting a show of a lifetime with Hooray for Hollywood from the program that started it all: Community Choir. And if 300 members singing movie hits together isn’t enough, they’re joined by 50 members of the Symphony Orchestra. As they look forward to reliving some of cinema’s favorite musical moments and soundtracks in the grand Steinmetz Hall, we want to look back on their story from origin to now. 

With Community Choir being Central Florida Community Arts first-ever program, there’s a rich amount of history that comes from it. Its foundations and growth come from a powerful source of inspiration – individuals with a passion for the arts who wanted to create something unique. The nearly 13-year-old program has become a gem of community and a light for many of its members.

For some members, the community aspect of the choir wasn’t something they originally set out looking for, but they formed bonds once they joined. Katrina Johnson, a choir member ambassador explained what the program has come to mean to her.

“I joined CFCArts in 2016 for A Night on the Red Carpet,” Katrina said. “I enjoy being a part of an organization that feels like one big family and is working toward making the arts accessible to everyone.”

Her sentiment isn’t the only one to strike that chord. Dr. Aleta Ashford, another member ambassador shared, “Since joining two years ago, I have formed new friendships, and going out into the community to perform has truly made me feel like I’m a part of something.”

At the root of the Community Choir (and the entire organization) is a goal to build community, and that means allowing each member to find their voice and be themselves and allowing the program to be a reflection of our vibrant Central Florida community. Each person who chooses to be a part of CFCArts is completely unique but works to create art that is bigger than any one person.

This has been Aleta’s experience, as she shared, “What I love most about being an ambassador is representing an organization that promotes diversity and inclusion. As an African American, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first signed on as a member of CFCArts. What I found was acceptance and a place where I could truly be myself. CFCArts literally has a place for everyone, and I am so proud of our shows.”

Even after a decade and dozens upon dozens of shows, the feeling that this organization creates for members remains the same. It’s the magic of combining show-stopping talent with a place and people that feels like home.

The June performance of Hooray for Hollywood will highlight the quality and personality of hundreds of singers and musicians joining together in song. The production – complete with soloists, dancers, and actors – will be as spectacular as the individuals presenting it. Join us in Steinmetz Hall for film favorites showcased by the diversity, creativity, history, and future of CFCArts.

About the Show

Enjoy the entrancing performance of Hollywood classics with the nation’s largest community choir: CFCArts’ Community Choir in their silver screen showcase Hooray for Hollywood. A performance that provides a rousing review of hits from Hollywood’s greatest films, TV shows, and more! Featuring nearly 300 voices, a 50-piece orchestra, soloists, actors, and dancers.

This spectacular concert will feature selections such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “I’ve Had The Time of My Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On.” Additionally, moments from fan-favorite movie musicals will include “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” and “Mamma Mia.” Put on your red carpet best and join us for a dazzling journey to the Hollywood Hills and beyond!

June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
June 16 at 3 p.m.
Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillip Center (445 South Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801)
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