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Orlando-based a cappella group familiar with Disney tunes to perform in Westminster

Orlando-based a cappella group familiar with Disney tunes to perform in Westminster
The members of the a cappella group 42five, are shown, from left, Geoff Castellucci, Tony Wakim, Eli Jacobson, Earl Elkins Jr. and Layne Stein. The group will perform Tuesday at Westminster High School as part of the Carroll County Community Concert Association's 2012-13 series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

The latest album from a cappella group 42five features medleys from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin."

It makes sense. The singing group was founded in Orlando and group performers have been employed to sing at local theme parks in the past.

While the group enjoys Disney hits, they are capable of performing so much more. They have covered everything from The Oak Ridge Boys to The Bee Gees and Bruno Mars in concerts.

When 42five performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster High School as part of the Carroll County Community Concert Association series, the performers will be in the midst of their most significant nationwide concert to date, as they stray from their familiar Florida base near Disney's digs.

Prior to a concert in Georgia Friday, founding group member Geoff Castellucci discussed with the Times how 42five differs from traditional a cappella acts, how a fellow founding member found Hollywood success and how vocal percussion allows the group to play without an instrumental backdrop.

Q: It sure seems like your group pulls music from different genres and different eras. How do you manage to pull that off?

A: One of the great things about a cappella music is you can pretty much do anything and it all makes sense within the context of the human voice. Regardless of if it's country or disco or hard rock or jazz, or soul, it's all got lyrics, it's all got melodies, and when you see it on stage and presented entirely in a cappella, people begin to relate to it. Everyone has a voice. Our audiences can naturally understand what is happening.

Q: What else do you do to add to the concerts?

A: We try to add as many visual elements as we can so it's not just us standing there and singing at you for 90 minutes. There's a lot of video, lighting. We don't do a ton of dancing but what we do on stage is a lot of fun. There's also a lot of theatrical comedy as well.

Q: When was the group founded?

A: We met in seventh grade. We started singing together when [we] were in high school.

Q: You couldn't have believed back then that you'd still be performing together, could you?

A: You're right. This was never planned. We just really liked doing it so we kept doing it and we were persistent about it. It wasn't really even for monetary gain.

Q: One of the founding members is Scott Porter. Is that the Scott Porter I've seen on television?

A: If you're talking about the Scott Porter on [NBC's] "Friday Night Lights" or on [the CW's] "Hart of Dixie," then yeah. We were high school buddies. ... The guy is a natural-born entertainer. He went straight from live theater to the big screen and the small screen. It happened really fast. We're still in touch.

Q: All a cappella groups need a talented vocal percussionist. Tell me about [Layne Stein] and how he manages to pull it all off?

A: He's been working at it for quite some time, the mouth drumming. When you see it done live, people don't really understand what's going on until about 10 minutes into the show. Then you see the audience pick out voice parts. ... It's just such a massive sound from one guy. It's just really well done.

Q: Anything else you'd like to add for folks planning to come and see your concert on Tuesday night?

A: One thing I always like to stress in interviews is when people hear a cappella, they think the groups are cheesy or boring or something they've already seen before. But our show is certainly something they've never seen, never heard. It's great for anybody of any age, no matter if they are 9 or 90, there is going to be something for you.

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