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Music, Julie Brown entertain at Showdown fundraiser

Posted: December 13, 2008 9:00 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 4:55 a.m.
The Showdown Performing Arts company hit all the right notes with a modest, but entertaining fundraiser hosted by the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall. Noted comedienne Julie Brown, known for the comedy "Earth Girls are Easy" and author of the recent Disney hit "Camp Rock," headlined the fundraiser.

Brown appeared in a blonde wig with backup singers Michelle Muldoon and Annie Horack to perform "Cause I'm a Blonde." The audience roared with laughter to the tune Brown wrote with Showdown co-founder Dennis Poore.

The laughter continued as Brown recruited members of the audience, Connie Ragen Green and Joe Southall, to particpate in the musical number, "Girl Fight Tonight."

Katherine Meyering, a musical-theater veteran, also appeared at the event. She sang a host of standard favorites including "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Music to Make Me Dance" and "Mountain Greenery."

A band of industry professionals - which included Poore, James Kirkpatrick of the Blues Kings, Kevin Cloud of Rythm Syndicate and Armando Martinez - performed a trio of jazz and blues numbers featuring "That Girl," "Rhyme or Reason" and "Tore Down."

Proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to aid an after-school drama program for teens at the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club.

For information on the Showdown teen theater program call (661) 799-0758.


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