WEST BOUNTIFUL - Members of this family have a song in their hearts, and they’re looking forward to share it with the community.
Several members of Ray and Isabel Ward’s family have felt the call towards music and the stage, appearing in Broadway touring productions, the Utah Youth Symphony and more. They’re all coming back to West Bountiful Friday night, Nov. 8, to offer a free night of music and laughter at 7 p.m. at the city hall building.
“Our family has always enjoyed music and drama,” said Isabel Ward. “We’ve been in musicals together when the kids were littler, but we don’t often have the chance to get together and do this kind of thing anymore.”
The program will feature a mix of vocal, piano, flute and piccolo performances in solo, duo and trio format. Ray and Isabel’s daughter, Natalie, along with her husband Jared Haddock, will sing, as will Andrew Ward.
Yvonne Ward will play both the flute and the piccolo, a half-sized flute that is an octave higher than its larger cousin.
When asked how a family could produce so many people interested in performing, Isabel just smiled.
“I have talented kids and grandkids,” she said.
Ray Ward will also perform, adding comedy elements in between the musical numbers.
“It’s not just going to be a concert,” she said. “It will be fun and funny.”
The Haddocks performed with one of the national tours of the Broadway musical “Footloose.”
They have also performed together in shows at Tuachan and in cruise ship productions. Jared also performed in the national premiere of the musical “Children of Eden” and has created choreography for the country singer Colin Raye.
Yvonne Ward has performed with the Utah Youth Symphony, though she is not with the group this year.
Despite the resumés, the family focuses on staying humble.
“I hate to brag about those things, because that’s not who we are,” Isabel Ward said. “We’re just a family who loves music.”
The West Bountiful City Hall building is located at 550 N. 800 West. Parking is nearby and accessible for those with lower mobility levels.
The arts council’s free concert series will not have a concert in December and will resume again in January 2014.