11 Cross Creek ChordsmenIt’s hard to resist a good four-part harmony. And why would you want to? On July 27-29, Fayetteville’s own Cross Creek Chordsmen, an award-winning chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society Choral Group, will perform at Fayetteville Dinner Theatre’s “The Fantasticks.”

The group was named District Chorus Plateau A Champions at the 2017 Carolinas District Spring Convention. They will present a repertoire of current hits as well as traditional four-part harmonies dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s. “We sing a lot of classics, but we have modern pieces, too,” said group spokesman Joshua Gray-Heim. “We do ‘Sweet Adeline.’ We do Michael Bublé. Any song can be turned into a four-part harmony.”

Gray-Heim added that the group is delighted to be a part of Fayetteville Dinner Theatre’s production and to share their passion for music and the community. “At the Barbershop Harmony Society, our goal is to bring harmony and music from a past time and keep it alive by sharing our passion for music and our brotherhood,” he said. “We are proud to be sponsored by Pressed: a Creative Space for this event and look forward to revealing our new uniforms at the Fayetteville Diner Theatre production. ”

The longest-running off-Broadway show of all time, “The Fantasticks” is the perfect show for Fayetteville audiences. Playing off the talents of a strong cast, this musical comedy has a clever storyline with lyrics written by Tom Jones and ageless music and songs by Harvey Schmidt.

The cast is composed of local and regional talent. The Fayetteville Dinner Theatre is being billed as a unique theater experience, which means the evening will include much more than a great show performed by talented actors.

The evening begins with a V.I.P. reception and wine-tasting and sale at 6 p.m. hosted by Cape Fear  Vineyard and Winery.

At 6:30 p.m., a three-course, duel-entrée dinner will be served by the Ramada Plaza staff while Cross Creek Chordsmen entertain the guests.

“The Fantasticks” opens immediately following dinner. There will be prizes and surprises at intermission and a post-show meet-and-greet with the actors. The FDT and CFVW will give away a grand
prize each evening. Prizes include a dinner for two at the winery with a complimentary bottle of wine, a flight of all seven of CFVW’s wines and a twonight stay in the cabins on the lake at CFVW.

Proceeds from “The Fantasticks” benefit the Kidsville News Literacy and Education Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, for securing reading and educational resources for Cumberland County children. CFVW will also donate all proceeds from the wine-tasting and sale to the foundation.

Show dates are July 27, 28 and 29. Tickets cost $75 per person with discounts for seniors 65+ and active duty military. Tickets are available from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at the FDT Box Office at the Ramada Plaza. Call (910) 391-3859 for details.

To make reservations online or to learn more about the show, visit www.fayettevilledinnertheatre.com. To learn more about CFVW, visit www. capefearwinery.com.

On Aug. 12, Cross Creek Chordsmen fans are invited to join the group for an  ice cream social — classic barbershop style. “We will provide ice cream and toppings and entertain guests,” GrayHeim said. For more information about the ice cream social, message Gray-Heim on the group’s Facebook page.

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