Wine, Women, & Song XVI





Wine, Women, & Song XVI

16th Anniversary Gala Celebrating the KCH Tradition

  • $50 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $35 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $20 General Admission
  • Monica Swartout-Bebow, Director
  • Tyler Driskill, Music Director and Pianist
  • Kathy Waugh, Assistant Director
  • Kim Tucker-Gray, Lighting Designer
  • Susan Shipman, Production Assistant
  • ***
  • Laurie Atwood
  • Linda Beaupré
  • Sue Booth
  • Roxy Diederich
  • Shelley MacMillan
  • Deanna Relyea
  • Susan Shipman
  • Monica Swartout-Bebow
  • Lisa Tucker-Gray
  • Kathy Waugh
  • ***
  • Gayle Martin
  • Emily Rogers

Event Details

These shows sell fast - purchase your tickets now!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the consistent popularity of Wine, Women and Song, KCH is requiring advance payment for tickets to these shows. When you make a reservation, please note in the special requirements section whether you will be sending a check or if you'd like us to call you to take payment over the phone.

Choose from 5 performance times!

We're pulling out all the stops (and wine bottle corks!) again this year to celebrate the 16th year of this beloved KCH tradition! Enjoyed annually by sold-out audiences comprised of both women AND men, Wine, Women and Song features the musical talents of local female celebrity artists from the classical, jazz and cabaret genres.

WWS XVI performances are made possible in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Check out photos from the 2017 WWS XV - Photos by John White.

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Tyler Driskill

Tyler Driskill is an accompanist for the U-M Musical Theatre and Dance Departments. Recent music direction credits include Sweeney Todd, Assassins (Wilde Award for Best Music Direction), Into The Woods (Wilde Award for Best Music Direction), My Fair Lady (Tony Walton, director), Into The Wild (Developmental Premiere, Mia Walker, director), Sondheim on Sondheim, and An Evening with Jeremy Jordan for the Encore Musical Theatre Company. He has also music-directed productions for Tipping Point Theatre and the Dio Theatre. Tyler has performed with jazz vocalist Brad McNett at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.

Laurie Atwood

Laurie Atwood is the owner and director of the Children's Creative Center in Ann Arbor and the founder of the Friends of Children's Creative Center Foundation, which assists homeless and disadvantaged children and families with child care, scholarships and support. She received her Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan with a double major in Theatre and Music, as well as a teaching certificate in Secondary Education, and a Master’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. She also completed all coursework in the PhD program at UM in Curriculum, Teaching and Psychological Studies. Laurie is a frequent performer with Ann Arbor Civic Theater and is currently serving on their Board of Directors. Laurie is a sports enthusiast and loves to entertain.

Linda Beaupré

Linda Beaupre was a founding member of The Black Sheep Repertory Theatre in Manchester, Michigan, where, among other shows, she was part of two musical revues - An Evening with Cole Porter and By George!, A Gershwin Revue. Other past, favorite stage adventures include Once Upon a Mattress, The Seven Deadly Sins, Vaudeville, Ladyhouse Blues, Barefoot in the Park, The Miracle Worker, The Diary of Anne Frank, and touring with The Actor’s Trunk Company and Shakespeare for Youth. Her full-time gig for the past 20 years has been teaching early elementary-aged children, currently first graders.

Sue Booth

Sue Booth is a long-time Ann Arbor resident and performer. She holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and enjoys working with private voice students, helping them reach their goals. Sue has performed with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and The Encore Musical Theater Company. Some of her favorite roles include Charity Valentine Sweet Charity, Sally Plummer in Follies, and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She has also sung in special-occasion bands, entertaining with jazz and “Top 40” music. Sue stays active with yoga, paddleboarding, motorcycling, bicycling and hiking.

Roxy Diederich

Roxy Diederich performed professionally throughout the Midwest and New York City starting at the time she was 15, and then continued to stay active (as a means to stay sane) once she entered the business world in the early 80s. Roxy worked for 30 years in sales and marketing for the publishing houses of Hearst and Conde Nast. Romance enticed her to leave NYC 13 years ago and return to A2 where she married her old theater “buddy” Joe and started the next chapter of her life. Recently retired, she now gets to concentrate her time on family, faith and friends, help plan her daughter McKenna’s wedding, and dedicate her right brain towards fabulous opportunities like Wine, Women & Song. Roxy is also honored to be a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.

Shelley MacMillan

Shelley MacMillan has long been involved with KCH and other performing arts organizations in Michigan in lead roles both onstage and off. She was a founding member of the Black Sheep Repertory Theatre Company of Manchester, Assistant Director of the Michigan Theater, and Executive Director of Ars Musica (a Baroque orchestra based in Ann Arbor). Shelley spent over two decades in university development, first with University of Michigan's Michigan Radio and School of Information, and then with The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She is now the Executive Director of the Glacier Hills Foundation, a part of the Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor. Shelley is an active member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and serves as the Vice President of the KCH Board of Directors.

Deanna Relyea

Mezzo-soprano Deanna Relyea is the founder of KCH, recently retiring as its Artistic Director after 32 years. She continues to perform regularly at KCH and serves as Artistic Director of the internationally-acclaimed Edgefest music festival. Deanna has appeared on concert series and with symphony orchestras in the region and throughout Canada. She frequently tours with her brother, the celebrated Canadian bass baritone Gary Relyea, and his wife Anna, as the “Voices-Relyea”, performing in festivals and concert series throughout Canada. Many composers have written for her and her forays into improvisation have taken her to NYC where she has appeared at John Zorn’s Stone and at Brooklyn’s Roulette in performances with prominent improvisers and composers. She is featured singer on Jason Hwang’s CD VOICE.

Susan Shipman

Susan Shipman moved to Ann Arbor from Pensacola, Florida in 1972 as a Professional Theater Fellow in the UM Theater Department. Some of her favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Sally Bowles inCabaret. She has sung with the popular Misbehavin’ Jazz Trio and James Dapogny’s various bands and orchestras. She followed her risk-adverse gut and went on to get an MBA at the University of Michigan. She has been an appraiser and expert witness in commercial real estate for 20 years and is a partner in Terzo & Bologna, a Midwest valuation firm.

Monica Swartout-Bebow

Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano, is a busy regional artist and seasoned voice teacher known for her versatile singing and engaging performances. A Detroit area native, she made her professional operatic debut as Juno in the Detroit Oratorio Society’s production of Händel’s Semele, in which The Detroit News described her as “captivating.” Her opera credits include work with the Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera, the Lincoln Center Institute, Michigan Opera Works, and the Comic Opera Guild. Ms. Swartout-Bebow enjoys the recital stage, and has presented solo recitals at concert houses and churches in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. She performs at the Kerrytown Concert House regularly as part of its annual concert series, including the Parisian Soirée, Wine, Women & Song, and the long-running Ann Arbor Festival of Song. Ms. Swartout-Bebow’s singing extends to the genres of jazz, cabaret, and musical theatre with appearances at such regional venues as Davenport’s in Chicago, the Kerrytown Concert House, the Cadillac Club in Lansing, and at the Toledo Museum of Art. As a faculty member of Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Swartout-Bebow teaches studio voice, foreign language diction classes, and opera workshop.

Lisa Tucker-Gray

Lisa Tucker-Gray’s adventures in music have included a lifetime of singing professionally in California, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Switzerland. During those years she performed regularly in both cabaret and musical theater productions. Lisa has enjoyed a full and varied career on the stage including performances in an off-Broadway show, And What, Give Up Show Biz, an extensive national tour in a Cole Porter tribute, Some Like it Cole, and as a headline performer on three international cruise lines. Lisa can be heard as a featured soloist with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on their CD Brahms, Bernstein and the Boys. Lisa is married to the love of her life Kim, and together they parent and adore their 18-year old daughter Taylor who is loving her first year at the University of Cincinnati. Lisa is also an Episcopal Priest and just this year started a new position at Trinity Episcopal Church in Toledo, Ohio.

Kathy Waugh

Kathy Waugh has been an active member of the local theater scene for nearly 30 years. She has acted in, produced, choreographed, stage-managed and assistant-directed more shows than she can count. She had the wonderful opportunity to sing on stage with Frederica Von Stade in Michigan Theater’s production of Candide. Professionally, Kathy performed with the Ohio Light Opera Company for several years and she is currently a soloist at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ann Arbor. Some favorite roles include Paulette in Legally Blonde, Big Edie/Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Charity in Sweet Charity, Roxie in Chicago, Eva Peron in Evita and many others. During all of that she also has worked as a proposal manager for an engineering/construction company for the past 27 years.

Gayle Martin

Gayle E. Martin is a native Ann Arborite. She is a graduate from the University of Michigan where she earned her BFA degree. Gayle has been an Instructor of Dance for 37 years and has been given a new position to Instruct Voice at Washtenaw Community College. She has been blessed and honored to be performing onstage - be it dance, singing, or acting - since the age of three. She also teaches preschool at the Children's Creative Center where she has directed a children's musical every summer for the last 16 years. She is taking on a new position in Jackson, Michigan at their Dance Academy of Art, is on the board of the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and will be choreographing Civic's upcoming show, First Date. She has been fortunate to grace the stage of The Encore Musical Theater as the Mute in Fantasticks, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Jeannette in Full Monty and a tap-dancing chimney sweep in Mary Poppins. Gayle also had the pleasure of portraying Jan in the original musical, Into the Wild, which is based on the book and movie. Most recently, Gayle was seen hanging on Fleet Street in Sweeney Todd and will soon be appearing in Anything Goes. 

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers is a local professional actor and has appeared throughout the Detroit area. Some of her credits include: The Matrix Theatre in Rapture, Blister, Burn (Catherine); Redbud Productions in Rabbit Hole (Becca) and Proof (Catherine); The Dio in Dracula, Country Roads, and Home for the Holidays; The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill), Bonnie and Clyde (Emma Parker), Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), Company (Jenny), Les Miserables, It’s a Wonderful Life - The Musical, and Evita in Concert. 

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