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Men’s Chorus courts romantics

The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus presents “Romance of the Nerds,” a barbershop musical tribute for two shows Saturday, June 14, in Sequim High School Auditorium. The story focuses on James T. Quirk, a hopeless romantic seeking love. - Submitted photo
The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus presents “Romance of the Nerds,” a barbershop musical tribute for two shows Saturday, June 14, in Sequim High School Auditorium. The story focuses on James T. Quirk, a hopeless romantic seeking love.
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Nerds, geeks and everyone in between can boldly go to a musical tribute unlike any other this weekend.

The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus presents “Romance of the Nerds,” a barbershop musical tribute to hopeless romantics for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in Sequim High School Auditorium.

“It’s good, clean, light-hearted fun. Any and all ages are welcome,” said Jim Muldowney, president of the men’s chorus.

Described as a musical play, “Romance of the Nerds” follows host James T. Quirk, played by Ric Munhall, looking for a girlfriend with music telling some of story and helping convince a girl to give him a chance.

Singer Bud Davies of the chorus and quartet No Batteries Required with Muldowney, Rich Johnston and Rich Wyatt, said Quirk represents a pronoid, someone who despite all evidence thinks the universe is on his side.

“Spurning by women is something positive for him yet he has boundless optimism,” Davies said.

No Batteries Required and the men’s chorus tell Quirk’s story through song in the first half with songs like “Everybody Loves A Lover,” “Something,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and “Only You.”

For the second half, musical guests the Grand Olympic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and quartet Code Blue, the recent Barbershop Harmony Society Division II Champions for this area, perform.

Muldowney said barbershop music remains popular in Sequim and nationwide with at least 40,000 members in the Barbershop Harmony Society in the U.S.

Muldowney, who has sung with barbershop groups for 30 years, said the concert is opportunity for the community to experience quality barbershop music while supporting the men’s chorus, nonprofit organization that uses proceeds to pay for music, coaching, its director and more.

Davies, who joined the group nine years ago at the encouragement of his wife, said the men’s chorus does its best to produce fine entertainment with them not just standing and singing but incorporating fun gags and skits.

“We try to add another dimension to the show,” he said.

 

Romance of the Nerds, a barbershop show

Featuring: The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus, No Batteries Required, Grand Olympics Chorus and Code Blue

When: 2 p.m. and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, June 14

Where: Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Advance Tickets: $15 at Olympic Theatre Arts, Port Book & News in Port Angeles, and the door.


 

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