My Turn – Barber shop quartet might steal show

Two song leaders from the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ will be pulling double duty this weekend as half of the River City board of education barbershop quartet in the Portales High School production of "The Music Man."

For Delbert Rector and Curtis Breshears, it is a chance to reprise their parts from their own barbershop quartet, The Joyful Journeymen, which entertained all over eastern New Mexico several years ago.

This weekend's quartet is completed by local insurance agent David Hunton and ENMU physics professor Bill Andersen.

Shawn Hunton (son of David and volunteer director for the show) says the group came together because "we wanted to use people from the community to play some of the bigger roles." Music director Franklin Smith knew Rector and Breshears; the younger Hunton grew up hearing his dad sing and encouraged him to participate.

When Bill Andersen auditioned, Shawn said, they discovered "a great tenor voice," and "probably one of the only guys in town that can hit the range that the score demands."

I got a sneak peek at a rehearsal last week, and predict this quartet might just steal the show.

Curtain time at the PHS Performing Arts Center is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, with $5 tickets at the door.

Betty Williamson will be playing the role of enthusiastic audience member for at least one performance. You may reach her at

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