SALEM-She's been singing since the age of 3, is the 2011 winner of the "DeYor Singing Star Competition," and now the Salem Community Theatre will present Natalie Sprouse in concert at 8 p.m. April 14 at SCT.
Tickets are $10 general admission and may be purchased by calling the box office at 330-332-9688. The concert, which will consist mostly of Sprouse's originals with a few cover songs, will also feature the debut and release of her first CD, titled "Queen Bee." The CD will be for sale that evening as well.
Sprouse will be appearing in front of her six-piece band, with the addition of some guest musicians including a string bassist, trumpet, banjo, and even tuba. Her many musical influences in her unique style, Sprouse, like every emerging artist demonstrates a remarkable maturity in both her singing and writing. One can hear blues, jazz, folk, ragtime, and even gospel.
Just 17 years old, Sprouse has lived a life filled and influenced by music. As a 5 year old, she performed her first solo at church. At 13 she won the inaugural "Voice on Main Street Vocal Competition" in Columbiana. Her musical theater career then began at the SCT with such roles as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Lady Beckonsfield in Jekyll and Hyde, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.
Most recently Sprouse won the "DeYor Singing Star Competition" sponsored by Powers Auditorium in Youngstown. With this honor came the opportunity to perform in the "Legends Concert" with Easy Street Productions at DeYor last November. In addition, Sprouse will be singing with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra in their Christmas concert later this year.
Sprouse was a member of the Salem Youth Chorus, directed by Jon Simsic, for three years and toured the UK in the summer of 2010, performing Sacred Choral Music in prominent cathedrals such as St. Patrick's and Salisbury. This concert also marks the premiere of SCT's "Community Theatre Concert Series," concert-style events that will be presented at regular intervals between their theatrical productions. Entertainment in a variety of styles and types are being planned, from music to magic, comedy to dance, and featuring regional talent as well as national touring acts.