Wij nodigen u van harte uit

We cordially invite you

Back in the US, I was a performer. That’s what I spent most of my life doing. I stopped because I realized I would rather have a family and be able to spend time with them than be a Broadway actress.

In the US, there were plenty of opportunities to do community theater and be involved in the arts without being a professional. Here, not so much.

I wanted the chance to perform, so I started looking at some English speaking opportunities. There weren’t many. So I looked into Dutch speaking performace opportunities. Not many of those either. To be in a play, I could either make my way to Amsterdam for every rehearsal and performance and pay €40 to be in the show or I could stay in Utrecht and pay over €200. Neither sounded extremely attractive to me. So I gave up on the idea of doing amateur theater in the Netherlands and started concentrating on building my own after-school theater program.

Then I got a Facebook message from a fellow IWCU member asking me if I’d be able to babysit for her two daughters. A few days later, I went to meet them. She and I started talking and she mentioned that she belonged to a women’s close harmony vocal group. Sounded right up my alley. And they were having auditions that night to replace some singers who, for whatever reason, were leaving the group. “Sure,” I thought, “Why not?”

So off to the auditions I went and roughly two weeks later I got a call asking if I wanted to join the group. I’ve been a member for almost a month now and am loving every minute. The gals are really nice and the music is fun and varied. Another bonus is that the rehearsals are held in Dutch and some of the songs are in Dutch as well. So every Monday evening from 7:30-10pm I get to practice my Dutch listening and speaking skills.

But, back to the question above. What are we inviting you to? The group is called Divina and we are getting ready to celebrate 15 years of making music! And what would a birthday celebration for a musical group be without a special concert? We’ve got some great selections, a stunning sound, and beautiful divas!

So, if you are free on November 28 at 8pm, we would love to see you at the Stefanuskerk, Braziliedreef, Utrecht (Overvecht). Tickets are only €12.50. You can purchase tickets in advance through direct banking to Divina. For more information, click here. This concert is one not to be missed! We would love to see you there.

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