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Harmony's possibilities excite Ware

March 15, 2009

Ask most teens about "barbershop" and they'd probably tell you it's a place to get your hair cut.

But for Travis Ware, it's a style of four-part harmoney that has a ton of musical possibilities.

Ware, a 17-year-old senior at Williamsport High School, said barbershop is one of his favorties musical styles because "it's amazing the sound that you can produce."

But it's not the only kind of music he said he likes. As a member of Williamsport's "Sophisticats" for four years, he's learned show tunes and a whole lot more.

"I love performing, singing and dancing," he said.

As a member of the Washington County Free Library's teen advisory committee, he said he and his fellow panel members decided, "we need a talent show around here."

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Ironically, although he helped put the contest together, he didn't enter it until this year. Last year, in the contest's second year, he was was busy with a production of the "Wizard of Oz."

This year his schedule was clear and he auditioned, singing "It Takes Two," from the musical "Hairspray."

The song is not the Marvin Gaye-Tami Terrell tune, Ware said, but a 1950s/1960s type ballad.

It's not unfamiliar territory for Ware, who has taken some musical side-trips into 1950s doo-wop.

He plans to go back a few years for his shot at the finals, choosing "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers and "My Girl" by The Temptations.

Among more modern-day artists, Ware likes Zac Efron, who starred in Disney's "High School Musical," the Warner Brothers' series "Summerland" and the film version of the musical "Hairspray."

Would he like to make his living as a performer?

Ware said that although he loves performing, "there are so many people who want to do it and so many people who are as good or better than you are, it's not a secure occupation."

For now, he said, he's going to attend Hagerstown Community College and play with his band, known as "Shadows of a Daydream."

On March 28, this young man will take his daydreams about music out of the shadows and onto the stage.

Bob Maginnis is

Opinion Page editor

of The Herald-Mail.




Preliminary auditions for the "Teen Idol" competition were held at Port City Java and at the Valley Mall.

According to Lisa Key, teen activities coordinator for the library, the judges will trim the field to 20 finalists based on singing ability and stage presence.

Then at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at The Maryland Theatre, the 20 will be trimmed to five finalists and then to two who will compete for prizes of $1,000 and $500.

Tickets to the show cost $10 and proceeds will be used to fund the prizes, Key said.

To reserve your seat, go to www.marylandtheatre.org, or call the box office at 301-790-2000.

Buy a $10 ticket for Mar. 28 'Idol' finale to fund prizes

"Teen Idol" is a joint effort of the Washington County Free Library and The Maryland Theatre.

After two auditions, at Port City Java and Valley Mall, judges have trimmed the field to 20. On Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre, the final competition will be held, with two winners receiving prizes of $500 and $1,000.

Tickets to the show cost $10 and proceeds will be used to fund the prizes.

To reserve your seat, go to www.marylandtheatre.org, or call the box office at 301-790-2000.

A lot is said about the negative things that some teens do. Please support this effort by some positive young people in our community.

- Bob Maginnis

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