Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 8, 2013

Coming home to the PAC

‘The Sounds of Yesteryear’ to premiere in Ashland on April 19

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Becca Kloha got her first taste of the big stage at Ashland’s Paramount’s Art Center when she was only a child. As an adult who has since starred on many major stages, it seems appropriate she chose the PAC for the premier of “The Sound of Yesteryear,” which she co-wrote with her husband Ryan Strand.

“It’s been over a decade since I performed at the Paramount,” said Kloha, speaking from North Carolina between engagements in her current role among the cast of “Wicked,” and accompanied by her husband, who recently starred in “Jersey Boys.”

Kloha, the daughter of Rev. Mark and Nancy Kloha of Ashland, said she certainly got a good start in show business while living in Ashland. “At the age of four I started dancing at June Conn (School of Dance) in Ashland,” she said, noting she first stepped onto the Paramount Stage as part of the school’s dance troupe. She moved away from Ashland during her freshman year at Paul G. Blazer High School to study at a well known conservatory, but soon returned to the Paramount for her first paying gig as part of director Mickey Fisher’s “Children of Eden.”

Kloha said she and her husband, now residents of New York City, are both excited about the Paramount premier of their latest venture, which will feature a seven-piece band composed of some of this area’s most-recognized musicians, including guitarist Chris Kitchen as well as Blazer High School band director Chris Whelan. “The band will be piano, bass, drums, guitar, and three horns — trumpet, saxophone and trombone,” she noted, explaining the production features tunes audience members will appreciate.

“It’s a cabaret-type show so all of the music is music people love to listen to,” she said, citing the sounds of Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin and Michael Buble’ amongst the mixture.

“We actually wrote it twice,” she said, explaining the first draft of the show may have tried too hard to make a story connection between the songs. The whole thing came together perfectly, however, “when we said, ‘Let’s choose the songs we want to sing and let that shape the story.’” The story which unfolded is a tale of “love .. and kind of what everybody goes through in a relationship,” she said.

“The Sounds of Yesteryear” will be a one-night-only affair on April 19, with a VIP reception after the show.

“It’s just the coolest thing in the world that we get to play at the Paramount,” Kloha concluded.  

For ticket information, visit paramountartscenter.com on the Internet or call (606) 324-3175.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.