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Posted: Wednesday May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Marc Tourre jumped at the opportunity to direct the music again for Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s production of Forever Plaid because he loves great harmony.

“When I was asked to come back and direct Forever Plaid which I did two years ago, I knew right away I wanted to do it because I just like the music,” Mr. Tourre, 59, commented. Retired after teaching music and directing the choir at Greater Latrobe High School for 34 years, Mr. Tourre is now kept busy as an adjunct music instructor at Seton Hill University where he teaches applied voice and assists with student teacher observations. He loves directing musical theater with a long list to his credit at GLHS including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly and Godspell. “The harmony of this show is very appealing,” he added, “with a very funny, but touching story coupled with nearly two dozen songs.” Mr. Tourre plays the piano himself and is joined by drummer Keith Parton and bass player Ted DiSanti.

The song list includes "Three Coins in the Fountain"; "Undecided"; "Gotta Be This or That"; "Moments to Remember"; "Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby"; "No, Not Much"; "Sixteen Tons"; "Chain Gang"; "Perfidia"; "Cry"; "Heart and Soul"; "Lady of Spain"; "Scotland the Brave"; "Shangri-La"; "Rags to Riches"; and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing".

“Marc is a wonderful musician and teacher with a professional approach and an easy-going personality,” artistic director Colleen Reilly commented. “He works well with the performers and makes doing the show a pleasure.”

A 1975 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of music education degree, he also earned a master of arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Westmoreland County Music Educators’ Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association, he was named Westmoreland County Arts Educator of the Year in 2006 and was named a Great Teacher by Saint Vincent College five times.

When he’s not making music, Mr. Tourre lives in Darragh (Hempfield Township) with his wife, Sandra, and enjoys making beer, wine and beekeeping. They have three grown children.

The show opens with a preview performance at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. June 1-2 and 5-9. A matinee show is available at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Reservations may be made by calling the theatre box office at 724 537-8900. Theatre patrons may also make reservations online at www.svst.org. Performances are in the air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus.


Photo: Marc Tourre 

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