The spiffy, ritzy 1940s musical revue “In the Mood” celebrates a part of great American history — The Swing Era.
“It’s about World War II. It’s mostly about the great songs from the 1940s, showcasing songs that showed the optimism in World War II,” said chair of special events Carol Brock.
The mood of the show will reflect the inspirational historical American pastime of the 1940s and take a look at the cultural life that existed in the wartime era.
“There’s going to be a mixture of performances from singers, dancers and bands from that period of time,” Brock said.
With a String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, there will be a combination of fast-tempo rhythms and slow, intimate rhythms that exemplify a significant part of the 1940s life.
A mix of swing, rhythm and jazz will remind the audience of the war that shook the world.
The show covers music from many great artists of the 1940s, including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra.
The show’s performers are not new to the stage.
“This is their 16th year of touring. It’s a professional touring company that travels all around the world doing shows just like this one,” Brock said.
Brock’s decision to bring in this particular show is due to consistent interest in the genre.
“We’ve actually done a show similar to this in the past. We plan on a very good outcome for this show.
This particular style of show has shown a lot of interest among all kinds of audiences,” Brock said.
Brock also said that this show has gained much attention. It has even earned a second show night at FHSU.
“The Encore Series brings an outstanding number of a great contributing audience from the community of Hays as well as an audience that travels one hundred miles and over all ways,” Brock said.
If you’re “In the Mood” to be a part of the reenactment of great American history, it’ll be Oct. 19 and 20 in Beach Schmidt at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets can be purchased beforehand at the Student Service Center in Memorial Union or at the show.