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MIT/Wellesley Toons

Another a capella success

By Vanessa Yen

The MIT/Wellesley Toons’ concert last Friday, was yet another success. The a capella group along with its guests, the Williams Octet and the Bowdoin BOCAs, packed Room 6-120 with an enthusiactic audience.

The concert began with the Williams Octet, a group of eight male singers dressed in preppy attire. They performed four songs including “Cooler For Love” and “Desparato”. Not only did they sing songs but they also provided the crowd with a bit of comic relief. In between each song, they did short comic skits including a magic trick and a mockery of the Williams’ dating scene. The crowd-pleasing acts produced many laughs among the audience. The Octet also featured some solo performances, allowing the crowd to hear how they sang individually and as a whole.

Following the Octet were the Bowdoin BOCAs. The BOCAs were a co-ed singing group clad in bright matching shirts. Their performance included some interesting pieces such as Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” and the B-52’s “Loveshack”; however as their act continued, their singing became less captivating and the audience began to lose interest.

The Toons were the last to perform. I found them to be the best and most entertaining group. They sang beautifully, and as an added bonus they also choreographed acts to go along with their songs. So not only were these talented young singers singing, but they are also able to sing and act in synchrony. The Toons opened up their performance with the Lion King theme song, “The Circle of Life”. One by one they gathered at center stage, each assuming the role of an animal (like in the movie). While the group was singing, one member stepped forward to give a nice warm welcome. The song closed out with a reenactment of The Lion King with Cymba being held high before the animals of his kingdom. Next up was a sweet love song, called “The Perfect Drug” which was performed as a solo backed up by the group. It wasn’t quite my favorite song, but the Toons did a great job performing it. The Super Mario Bros. gig was the most entertaining moment of the night. This piece involved the singers role-playing as the characters from Super Mario Brothers. Super Mario battled the evil toads, fire flower and King Koopa to save the Princess. The phenomenal sound effects and actions dazzled the audience. The Toons performed eight songs in all and closed out the night the Georget Harrison song, “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You”.

The Toons currently have a CD called The 59th Street Bridge available, selling for $13. The CD features ten of their more popular songs. The album features a mix including three Boyz II Men songs and “Feelin’ Groovy”, by Simon and Garfunkel as well as a song by U2. The overall quality of the music is pretty professional but the vocal backup is a little too forceful, taking away from the soloist.