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May 3, 2007

Dick Van Dyke performs in barbershop benefit

Dick Van Dyke will star for the sixth year in the annual benefit concert for local high school choral programs May 13 at the Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

The show is titled "The Music of Dick Van Dyke" and will feature Van Dyke singing songs from such film musicals as "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Van Dyke will also serve as the master of ceremonies, introducing and performing with choral groups from Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Newbury Park, Santa Susana and El Camino high schools.

The Conejo Valley Harmony Oaks chorus, a Thousand Oaks-based a cappella men's group, is producing the benefit show and will perform, as will several national awardwinning quartets. The show finale will feature the nearly 300 performers in a barbershop arrangement of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins."

All net proceeds from the show will be donated to the music programs of the participating high schools. To date, the concert series has raised more than $100,000. Van Dyke, a longtime supporter of music programs in local high schools, is volunteering his services for this program.

Van Dyke is a great fan of barbershop singing and has also judged and performed at the Los Angeles Harmony Sweepstakes as well as being a customer of Primarily A Cappella.

Posted by acapnews at May 3, 2007 9:20 PM