The Pittsburg High School 2011 Women's Multigenerational Choir will present a free public program at 7 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium.

The Pittsburg High School 2011 Women's Multigenerational Choir will present a free public program at 7 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium.

The group, composed of 40 members of PHS Girls Glee and 30 women from the community, will perform "SHOUT!" which features music from 1960 to 1970, with occasional sound bites from the period, including the dawning of women's liberation.

One exchange, for example, takes place between an irate woman and an advise columnist. The woman has just left her cheating husband and says that she now intends to practice "free love." The columnist responds by telling her that all her problems could be solved by a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick."

"This time we're doing a true musical," said Susan Laushman, chorus director. Included are selections made popular by singers Petula Clark and Cilla Black, along with songs by writers such as Tony Hatch, Carol King and Burt Bacharach.

This especially pleased some of the more mature women from the community.

"This is my third year in the chorus, and I've always loved the music we've done, but this year even more than before because it's music I grew up with," Pat Jones said.

Some of the phrases were a little confusing to the PHS students.

"The girls didn't know little phrases like 'Sock it to me', so we had to explain 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In' to them," Jones said.

The show incorporates a little dancing this year.

"This is the first time we've even said the word 'movement'," Laushman said. "Our choreographer is Susie Lundy."

"Actually, the ladies were very patient and figured it out for me," said Lundy, who is also singing in the chorus.

Her mother, Kaye Lynne Webb, is a first-timer in the chorus.

"This is more fun than I've had in a long time," Webb said. "It's a really good project, and I want to complement Susan Laushman and USD 250 for even thinking of it. I really enjoy the girls, and I've gotten to know some of the ladies I didn't know that well before."

This has also given Webb her first chance to do some singing.

"I was an accompanist all through high school." she said. "I was playing piano and never got to sing, and I thought I'd try it. Susan has welcomed us all in and been so patient with us. USD 250 is very lucky to have her."

Cheryl Mayo, another community member, suggested to Laushman that the group have a party after the program.

"It's scheduled," Laushman said. "We're going to get together and watch the video."

"I just hope they keep this program going," Webb said.  "If they do, I'll be back next year."

Members of the 2011 PHS Multigenerational Women's Chorus are Lois Amershek, Mickie Arndt, Carole Bowman, Kathleen Brown-Cecora, Janeil Bryan, Judi Campbell, diana Canales, Janeth Canales, Carol Carpino, Vonnie Corsini, Ariana Daniels, Karen Davis, Jasmine Dixon, Patty Ellison, Joann Farrell, Misty Foster, Chelsea Garretson, Amanda Green, Ashley Griffith, Lexi Hale, Neely Henry, Sarah Jewett, Sharon Johnson, Champagne Jones, Pat Jones, Skyler Jones, Shirley Kennedy, Camille Kent, Desiree Kraft, Joy Leeper, Brianna Leon, Susie Lundy, Rachel Martin, Cheryl Mayo, Teresa McCool, Chelsy McQuarie, Caitlin Meredith, Danielle Meredith, Mirna Montelongo, Moriah Morgan, Mary Mummert, Nikki O'Neal, Anne Paarman, Juanita Phillips, Janet Pitman, Taylor Rasnic, Devina Reetz, Mary Reeves, Nicole Reigle, Jessica Robinson, Edith Scott, Shelby Scott, Karen Shepherd, Shelby Simpson, Jacquari Smith, Verna Lou Smith, Corene Stroup, Dwila Swain, Susie Taylor, Delores Towner, Sarah Walden, Phoebe Waring, Ashley Watkins, Kaye Lynne Webb, Delilah West and Megan Yocum.

Assisting Laushman was Brittany Beedle, student teacher. Also helping with the program have been Greg Shaw, PHS theater teacher, Denise Williams, PHS technical director, Cooper Neil, PHS instrumental music instructor, Noah Grotheer, USD 250, Bob Laushman, drummer, and Patrick O'Bryan for the use of mannequins from Little's.