Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mother/Son Date Night

Sunday night son Caleb and I headed up the road for a night at the theater.  We had tickets to see "Voca People" at The Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

If you've never heard of "Voca People" before, (I hadn't before Caleb showed me this on You Tube), treat yourself to some fun and watch this little video.

We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and I found myself wondering if I may have possibly liked this group more than the Blue Man Group, which I had seen two years ago in Las Vegas.  In fact, on one of their flyers they describe themselves as "BLUE MAN GROUP meets GLEE!"

Full of energy and bursting with fun, "Voca People" are an international hit featuring over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of songs we know and love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart.  There are no instruments, no sound effects - just eight incredibly talented performers breathing life into the greatest music on earth.

The eight person cast includes Captain Beat On and Scratcher, two male characters that provide most of the percussion-like effects.  The other six characters were a mix of males and females, named Tubas, Tenoro, Alta, Mezzo, Bari-tone, and Soprana.

As their story goes, after a millennium of traveling through space, the "Voca People" finally land on planet Earth. These beings are from another galaxy, thus their completely white look.

Sadly they discover that their spaceship charger, fueled by music alone, has been completely depleted.  Slowly, the "Voca people" learn the strange earthly habits and the typical earth music, and with the help of the audience, reboot their unique spaceship with music energy.

The story sounds corny, sure it does.  However, its delivery by this ultra-talented group was amazing, and I was riveted for the entire two hours.  Not once did I find my attention wavering, nor did my toes stop tapping.

"Voca People" made use of some audience "volunteers" to the delight and enjoyment of all.  This girl was the recipient of the Voca Boys in Love medley, including the songs "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Got My Mind Set On You," "Careless Whisper," and "Sex Bomb."

Likewise, the Voca Ladies on the Hunt found some audience members to serenade with the love songs "Lollipop," "I Will Always Love You," "Fever," and "Big Spender."

"Voca People" believe that music is the most powerful source of energy in the universe.  Their motto is

"Life is music and music is life."

I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but this group did provide us with a very entertaining way to spend a mother/son date.  

If the "Voca People" come through your town, make sure you get some tickets.  You'll be glad you did.


  1. When my wife gets up, I'm going to show this to her because she would love it. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Looks like a fun group. Kind of like "Blue Man Group?" Maybe we will get to see them one day.