CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus will present its unique “Hollywood Squares: The Speakeasy Edition” concert on June 18-20, 8 p.m., at Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon St.

Modeled after the popular television game show, it will showcase music from the Roaring 20s, reminiscent of the time of speakeasies, prohibition and secret passwords, back-room indulgences and NASCAR, as well as hidden flasks and flappers. The era was imbued with Jazz, early Big Band sounds, along with a plethora of musicals like “42nd Street,” “Cabaret,” “Showboat” and more.

The show is the fifth annual summer fundraising concert for the chorus, which is celebrating its 25th season this year. Since its founding, One Voice Chorus says it has striven to provide a public face and voice of the LGBT and straight ally community. Recently, they held a concert in Wadesboro, N.C. It was the first LGBT event held in the town.

“Part of our mission is to use our artistic excellence to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBT people,” Dan Cadle, president, said in a press release. “This was the first-ever LGBT event held in Wadesboro and we sang to over 200 people. The Chorus took a chance and was brave in knowing our message may not have been well received. It paid off more than we could have hoped and there was a lot of healing on both sides of the stage that day. I would say souls were touched, which is especially fitting since this performance was in a church.”

Tickets are $30 and are available online. VIP tickets are $75 and entitle the holder to show admission and reception. Check the website for information on availability for VIP tables for two ($100) or six ($300) people.


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