Budnik wows the crowd gathered in Rocky River Saturday with
their song and dance, part of the Steppin’ Out female choir’s
50th anniversary celebration. (Photo by Larry Bennet)
choir steps out for golden anniversary extravaganza
By Jennifer Mitchell
Published May 17, 2006
looking for a little Broadway in their backyard can take a bite
out of the Big Apple Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Rocky River.
The voices of Steppin’Out are taking to the stage
for Solid Gold, the group’s 50th-anniversary performance and members
are inviting everyone to come out and shake their groove thing for
Though the faces of the women’s nonprofit show choir
have changed over the past half century, the goals of its members,
ranging from their 20s to their 40s, haven’t.
“It’s just the fun of getting out there and entertaining
somebody and knowing they are enjoying it,” member Carol Silvay,
of Cleveland said.
And with song and dance numbers from today to the
1940s, the group has something everyone can sink their teeth into.
“Once people see the show they like to come back again,”
Silvay said. “They don’t realize what it is until they see it, and
then they are hooked.”
None of the group’s 10 members are founders, but Silvay’s
mother, Mafalda Koskey, was with Steppin’ Out when it first started.
Founded in 1956, the group began as the Valley View
Mother-singers. In 1970, as the Choralaires, members aided
the North Olmsted Parent-Teacher Association Council in its work
for the city’s youth. In 1986, the group added choreography
to its repertoire, becoming Steppin’ Out.
Silvay watched much of the group’s evolution.
“My mom was in it for 25 years,” she said. “I just
grew up with it. I decided, yeah I want to do the same thing.”
For this weekend’s performance, show-goers could see
anything from 40’s song, Take the A Train, to an updated version
of the 70’s Carwash.
One thing they are sure to see is a soulful Ray Charles
“That’s been great fun,” Silvay said of performance
rehearsals. “With him having just passed away last year, it’s kind
of a nice little tribute to him.”
As far as dancing, performances vary widely from song
to song. For example, Silvay said: “Car Wash is very funky soft-shoe
kind of a thing. (The dancing) really is apropos to what the music
wants it to be.”
The performances, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday show that includes choir alumni,
such as Silvay’s mother, will be held at the Rocky River Senior
Center, 21014 Hilliard. Tickets are $10 and part of the proceeds
will go to the senior center to be used for transportation. For
more information on the group, visit its Web site at www.steppinoutshowchoir.org
or call 1-216-973-5563.