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"Music of the Night"
Presented by the West Virginia Symphony
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
TICKETS: Adults start at $12, children start at $6
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.wvsymphony.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Chances are even if you're not a fan of classical music or Broadway show tunes, you've heard Christina Saffran somewhere.
Saffran appears Friday and Saturday night with the West Virginia Symphony for "Music of the Night," which includes songs from "The Phantom of the Opera," "Cats" and other Broadway hits. One of her other jobs, though, is singing work for films.
The singer and actress has done quite a few, including animated films like Disney's "Aladdin" and "Mulan" as well as live-action productions including "The Santa Claus II," "Christmas with the Kranks" and "Galaxy Quest."
What she does can vary quite a bit from picture to picture. In Disney's "Pocahontas II," she got a full song ("What a Day in London"). In "Lady in the Tramp II," she was part of the chorus. In other films, though, she's buried deep in the background.
"In 'Galaxy Quest,' I sang on the soundtrack," she said. "I sang on the score."
She laughed. "I sang lots and lots of high notes."
Saffran explained that with many movies there's a lot going on, even if you're not catching it.
"For example," she said, "did you see 'Oz the Great and Powerful?' There is so much singing in that movie, but if you're not a studio singer, you probably don't notice it."
Working within the studio system is a quirky kind of job, but it's just one part of Saffran's musical career, which has been a little bit of Great White Way, a little bit of Vegas and a little bit of Hollywood.
Saffran's first musical theater role was in "The Sound of Music" at the Metropolitan Opera in St. Louis.
"I was about 9 years old," she said. "I asked my mother if I could audition, and she took me down there after school. I think there were about 700 kids there."