MANSON - The show will go on after all.
After 41 years of yearly performances, the Manson Meridian Singers had trouble this year finding enough men to sing. Director Jerrold Jimmerson said on Sept. 5 that only five men and 11 women had signed up, leaving the group unbalanced. If he couldn't get at least 10 men, Jimmerson said he would likely have to cancel the show.
More did sign up.
Jimmerson said the show is planned, all the music is ordered, and everything is set for the Meridians' 42nd annual performance, entitled "Any Dream Will Do," on Feb. 2 and 3, 2013.
There are now 11 men and 17 women ready to perform. Jimmerson said this is enough to go forward, although he wouldn't mind having more.
"I would still consider auditioning or accepting more men in the group," he said. "I think we've been able to balance things out well, with five tenors and six basses. I would really like some more tenors, but I would like some more men.
"I took a leap of faith and ordered some extra copies of music," he said.
This year's 28-voice group is on the small side, but not unprecedented. The smallest Meridians group Jimmerson has directed was 24 people, and the largest was 48, he said.
There are seven new members of the group, three women and four men.
Rehearsals begin on Sept. 20. Jimmerson said any men still interested should contact him right away at (712) 469-2797.