Performing Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00am at the God & Country Theatre (1840 W 76 Country Blvd), California Dreamin’ gives off good vibrations and feel-good folksy harmonies in an upbeat show – it's a gas! Watch this two-hour flower-power tribute to an era when love was free and the times they were a changin'! We got an exclusive interview with the performers of California Dreamin': Eric Dalton (tenor), Ashley Rose Smith (alto), and married couple Stephen Odom (bari-tenor) and Chelsie Odom (soprano).
Q: How did the show get started here in Branson, and how did the cast get together?
Eric: We’re part of Pullen Productions, and Blake Pullen is our producer. The show originally came to town three year ago. We’ve had a few lineup changes since then, but we’re really satisfied with our current lineup.
Ashley: We each auditioned separately. There was an ad posted on Facebook, actually! It’s funny sometimes how you find out about this stuff.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?
Eric: My favorite is the Simon & Garfunkel set.
Chelsie: Dang it! (Laughs) I was going to say that!
Ashley: My favorite part is when Chelsie sings.
Chelsie: Awww! Thanks! I personally like White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.
Stephen: I love it when we all get to sing together!
Q: Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
Ashley: I listened to a lot of Broadway artists growing up. Bonnie Raitt’s a huge influence on my singing style. I also developed my own personal style through karaoke!
Eric: Josh Groban and Patsy Cline. I grew up in Mississippi, so I had a lot of country!
Chelsie: I’m inspired by Christy Nockels, the Christian singer from the band Watermark. Sheryl Crow’s also one of my all-time favorites!
Stephen: David Phelps is my favorite singer. I also watched a lot of musical theatre growing up, and I really like Broadway stuff!
Q: How would you describe California Dreamin’ for someone who’s never seen it?
Ashley: You’re going to get a collection of music from 60’s folk music, and we don’t copy doubles of other shows’ songs in town.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Branson? Where can your fans find you on a rare off day?
Eric: I like going to the lake.
Ashley: Riding rollercoasters at Silver Dollar City!
Stephen: Chelsie and I like going out to eat at the many great restaurants in town, like Vasken's Deli, Sushi House, and Indian Clay Oven.
Ashley: Ah, Indian Clay Oven’s the best place in town! They’re so good!
Q: How is California Dreamin' different from other 60’s shows in Branson?
Eric: We try to do a set heavy on folk music, and not so much of a poppy set like maybe some other shows. We place a large emphasis on vocals and harmonies, and try to pick songs that feature those.
Q: What do you want your audience to take away from California Dreamin'? How are they going to feel by the end of the show?
Ashley: It's a blast from the past!
Chelsie: We’re going to take you back to your high school days!
Stephen: One time a member in the audience told me how we triggered memories of his son's funeral when we sang Simon & Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and it was so tender and sweet, and that's the reason why we end with that song.
Q: Final question: Who would you say is the ham of the group?
(Everyone points at Ashley)
Ashley: Not on the stage! But maybe a little outside the show. (Everyone laughs)