The Curbstone Chronicle

Curbstone Sweeps Contest

RUTLAND VT -- November 4, 2007 -- Last night the Curbstone Chorus captured not only the "Best Performing Group" award, but also the prized "Best Overall Performance" trophy in Rutland's

"Really Big Show," held at the beautifully restored Paramount Theater in downtown Rutland.

Twenty-two groups and individuals, billed as "the finest collection of amateur talent in the Rutland region," competed in the 12th annual contest, produced by the United Way of Rutland County.  The performers, ages 8 and up, all presented fine singing, dancing, comedy, Broadway skits, and more.

Pat Wener, Event Coordinator for the Really Big Show, said, "From the original days of holding the show at Rutland Intermediate School to the Paramount Theater, the show has been a big hit.  The bank employees get excited about performing in the opening act and helping support the show in any way possible.

Master of Ceremonies Sam Gorruso said, "The show gets better and better each year." 

In order to be in the contest, performers must pass an audition, which was held last month. So all performers were already winners, even before the contest curtain opened.

Chittenden Bank sponsored the event, and the "Chittenden Dancers," staff members from the bank, presented the opening act, "Money," setting the stage for a delightful evening.

When the curtain opened on the Curbstone Chorus, the audience instantly knew they were in for a treat, as the chorus members' smiles, energy and eagerness to entertain came streaming from the stage.

The Chorus chose to sing two songs from their current repertoire: "Hello, My Baby" and "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah."

Their first song had toes a-tapping throughout the audience, as director

Dan Graves led his singers with musical mastery.  When "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah" ended, there was a triumphant ovation from those in the seats, and the judges knew then that this group would be hard to top.

When the judges' decisions were announced, Chorus President Russ Green proudly stepped forward to accept the handsome Best Group plaque and magnificent Best Performance trophy on behalf of the Chorus.

The Chorus will return to the Paramount next year to sing as the outgoing champions, while the judges tally their scores for "Really Big Show 13."  In the intervening months, the Chorus will be seen and heard singing their delightful melodies around Rutland and the surrounding areas of Vermont.

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