Broadway by the Sea and (new) Broadway on the Lake feature local talent

Broadway by the Sea and Broadway by the Lake will feature two local talents, Elizabeth Umphenour, 15, of Atascadero High School, pictured, and Katie Rowan, 14, of Paso Robles High School. (Contributed photo)

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Broadway by the Sea returns to the exclusive Chapman Estate with seven vocalists belting out popular show tunes. After 22 years of staging this production at the elegant seaside manor in Shell Beach, Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is adding Broadway on the Lake at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion.

“We’ve had so many people ask us to please bring the show over the grade,” said Jayne Cohen, event chair. “The Atascadero event is going to be a little different than what we do at the Chapman Estate, but it’s the same great show.”

This year the live concert includes nationally acclaimed performers singing Broadway hits from “Guys and Dolls,” “Carousel,” “Music Man,” “Show Boat,” “Into the Woods,” “Company,” and more. Soprano Katie McTyre, baritone Bryden Hade, and pianist Chris Wade are making their OperaSLO debut. They join returning favorites tenor Drew Schufman, soprano Shira Renee Thomas (Magic Flute, 2018), and tenor Dylan F. Thomas (Magic Flute, Oklahoma!, 2018)

Both concerts will also feature two local talents — Katie Rowan, 14, Paso Robles High School, and Elizabeth Umphenour, 15, Atascadero High School. Katie has been singing opera since she was 5 years old; Elizabeth fell in love with musical theater when she was just 4.

“Both of these young ladies have magnificent voices and great talent. As an organization, we believe it is very important to mentor and nurture the next generation,” said Brian Asher Alhadeff, OperaSLO Artistic and General Director. “This is also a special learning opportunity for both students since they will be able to work alongside professional singers. We hope music lovers come out to support both of these young, local artists, as well as experience a fantastic show.”

Broadway by the Sea is Saturday, Aug. 10, Chapman Estate, Shell Beach. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the concert begins at 2 p.m. Guests can stroll the seaside grounds, bid on the silent auction, and observe plein air painters at work. Ticket price includes complimentary appetizers, wine and beer tasting. Box lunches can also be purchased. $70 general admission, $90 table seating, $720 reserved tables for parties of 8. A complimentary shuttle service starting at 12:30 p.m. is provided from Shell Beach Elementary School located at 2100 Shell Beach Road; patron parking is not permitted between Vista del Mar and Cliff Drive.

Broadway on the Lake is Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 4 p.m. Ticket includes wine tasting, appetizers and charcuterie platters. Bakers from all over the central coast are donating to the intermission cake auction. Table seating $45, $360 reserved tables for parties of 8.

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