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GREENEVILLE, Tennessee – MO5AIC, described by Tony Bennett as “the best vocal group I’ve ever heard,” will bring their special brand of music to the stage at Tusculum College on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
The five-man vocal group will be performing at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The performance will be the first in the 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series, coordinated by Tusculum Arts Outreach.
MO5AIC performs a unique blend of R&B, pop, rock, jazz, big band and Top 40 songs with a twist. Offering a different face of a cappella music, the five-man group performs with no instruments, using just their voices and microphones to create a full sound that has audiences frequently puzzled about where the band is. MO5AIC features Josh Huslig, Heath Burgett, Jake Moulton, Corwyn Hodge and Roopak Ahuja. The group was started by Huslig, who was turned on to vocal music when he heard Prince’s “7” in high school and realized that the voice can be just as an interesting as the instruments accompanying it.
As the vocalists came together, their talent first received widespread attention when they submitted a video to CBS News’ The Early Show, which was conducting a nationwide search for
The Great A cappella Group.” The contest was judged by personal heroes of the members of MO5AIC, Boyz II Men, and they won.
In 2008, MO5AIC earned more attention and accolades through MTV’s “Top Pop Group,” talent show. While the contestants were to be pop groups, MO5AIC found themselves as the only a cappella group competing and had to fight to keep their all-vocal sound when asked to use instruments by the show’s executives. MO5AIC won the contest, much to the surprise of those executives.
The group has opened for such acts as Stevie Wonder, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Jay Leno and the late Prince and appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” MO5AIC’s talent also landed them a residency headlining the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students.
The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is supported by Tusculum Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller and generous donors and volunteers.
To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email


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Pinocchio poster  GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – More than 30 of the area’s finest young performers will fill the stage to present Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio, JR” during the last two weekends of February at Tusculum College.

            Theatre-at-Tusculum and Actors Coming Together will present the musical in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Show times are 7 p.m. on Feb. 17-18, 23-25 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 26.

            “My Son Pinocchio, JR” is based in part on the classic Walt Disney animated feature film “Pinocchio.” It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is part of the Broadway Junior Collection. The musical includes the songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington from the animated film.

            However, unlike the animated film, the stage production is told from the perspective of Geppetto rather than Pinocchio, similar to the 2000 Disney live-action television movie “Geppetto,” which featured Drew Carey. The musical includes music and lyrics by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Broadway’s “Wicked” and Disney’s “Pocahontas,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “Enchanted”) and book by David Stern.

            Under the direction of Marilyn duBrisk and Assistant Director Brian Ricker, the all youth cast consists of an assortment of first-time and veteran actors. Griffin Gricunas, a fourth grader at Hal Henard Elementary School, will be making his Tusculum stage debut as the title character, Pinocchio. Gricunas will play alongside local favorite Parker Bunch who portrays Geppetto, the lonely toymaker who longs for a son. Another Bunch is helping lead the cast, as Parker’s younger sister, Reagan Bunch takes on the role of the wish-granting Blue Fairy.

            The show is truly a family affair with six sets of brothers and sisters featured in the cast, and even a set of cousins. The junior fairies will be played by Tusculum View fifth grader, Emma Waddell, sisters Jade Ward and Jorja Ward, both fourth graders at Hal Henard Elementary, and Anna Woods, a fourth grader at Providence Academy in Johnson City.

            Other cast members include Greeneville High School senior Grayson Reed as the wicked Puppet Master Stromboli with his dancing marionettes played by EastView fifth grader Leah Beddingfield and Doak Elementary fourth grader Carter Copeland. Tusculum College students Carter DelSorbo of Greeneville and Emma McCuiston of Chattanooga will play Professore Buonragazzo and the Pleasure Island Ringleader respectively.

            The rest of the cast members play multiple roles throughout the show. They include Doak Elementary students Aliah Campbell and Aden Moore; EastView Elementary students Trey Bailey, Elliott Tucker and Zach Wallin; Greeneville Middle School students Jackson Beddingfield, Mylee Doty, Maya Gricunas, Maggie Hartman, Claire Hoeke, Carissa Hopson, Lexi Humbert, Amora Klepper, Caedmon Oakes, Allie Shelto, and Todd Wallin; Hal Henard Elementary students Grace Lampe and Jack Lampe; Tusculum View second grader Lily Broyles, as well as GHS freshman Angel Klepper, West Greene High School freshman Elijah Collins and Emmaline Neas, a sophomore from Parrotsville.

            The production staff includes Angie Clendenon, music director; Kasie Shelnutt, accompanist; Kim Berry, choreographer; Frank Mengel and Garry Renfro, light and set design; Barbara Holt, costume director; Suzanne Greene, stage manager; Trenda Berney, make-up director, and Jennifer Hollowell, box office manager.

            Tickets to the musical are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under.  To reserve tickets, please call 423-798-1620 or email











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