Local Students Join Tribute to The Beatles


City High Quartet: Claire Goodfellow, cello; Esmé Rummelhart, violin 1; Sasha Chapnick-Sorokin, violin 2; Sonali Durham, viola. Photo taken by Bob Goodfellow.

Coralville – The Beatles stopped touring in 1966 because no one could hear them playing music over the roar of screaming teenage girls.

If you missed your chance to be one of those screaming teenagers, you can see In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, which will be presented at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 24. The show “is the award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein and featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.” (“In My Life” Press Release, La Jolla booking Agency, 2016.)

Local students will be joining the Abbey Road tribute group for a few of the selections in the show. City High School students Esmé Rummelhart, Sasha Chapnick-Sorokin, Sonali Durham and Claire Goodfellow will join the band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.” In a special touch, “Yesterday” is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin, with the songwriter explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment.

All quartet members are Beatles fans.

“My summer camp counselors sung the Beatles song, “In My Life” to my cabin before we went to bed and I have the best memories associated with this song,” said Chapnick-Sorokin. “I am working as a junior counselor this summer and I can’t wait to sing the song to campers.”

“‘Eleanor Rigby’ is my favorite Beatles song and it is a great cello song,” said Goodfellow. “I’m excited that we get to perform this song at the show.”

“I remember listening to Beatles music with my parents when I was growing up and singing “Yellow Submarine” with my sister when we were tiny,” said Durham.

The multi-media musical comes to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 – $55 and may be purchased online at www.coralvillearts.org by phone at 319.248.9370 or at the box office. The Coralville Center is located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville, IA 52241. The box office is open Wednesday – Friday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and one hour prior to ticketed events. Tickets may also be purchased at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street in Coralville. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Let’s just hope the audience doesn’t scream so loud that you can’t hear the band.


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