This year the group is working with the University of Connecticut puppetry program to develop a performance that members say will be innovative for the barbershop genre.
"We are trying to bring together different art forms that people wouldn't necessarily expect to see as part of one production," said Kevin Williams, a member of the chorus. "It's a little bit innovative."This year's show, scheduled Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Manchester High School, is called "I'm Your Puppet." The original story follows a children's television program that is auditioning new hosts to lead its show."Now that you add this additional element of live action people interacting with puppets, it's a whole different way of doing things," Williams said.
The initial idea of including puppets came from chorus member Alex Mercer, who said he is a lifelong fan of puppets and has the Jim Henson and Muppets tattoo to show for it.