Lori Yeary has sung the National Anthem for the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars, and the Dallas Mavericks, and she is a four-time award winner at the Grapevine Opry, but her musical heritage actually started with her parents, who sang in a quartet during World War II. Lori got hooked on singing in the first grade when she sang “The Trolley Song” in a talent show. In 1993 she joined her brother and sister to form “One Voice,” and they performed together until 1999, even recording three of their own CDs.
In 2000 she struck out on her own and recorded a solo CD that included songs she wrote herself. After appearing in many musicals at Dallas’ Kimball High School, singing jazz in local clubs throughout the Metroplex, and breaking into community theatre in Lewisville to appear in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Lori auditioned for Theatre Coppell’s musical “Little Women,” which is preparing for its opening on July 17. “I got the part of the mother and I was thrilled,” she says. “Doing this show has been on my bucket list. Musicals are my first love, and this is the first one I’ve attempted in fifteen years.”
She had to miss only two scheduled rehearsals of “Little Women” to appear at The Kitchen Café in Dallas, where she was a featured vocalist at the popular night spot.
“I sang songs by the Carpenters and Burt Bacharach, and what a thrill it was to hear that applause. But now I’m looking forward to performing the mother’s two great songs in this musical. Let’s face it, a singer needs an audience, and at least twice I’ll be center stage. It’s a bit scary but also a challenge.”
It appears that the musical heritage of Lori’s family will continue beyond her generation. Two of her three daughters have followed in their mother’s footsteps by appearing in musicals at Carrollton’s Newman Smith High School. And now daughter Brenna is in New York City, pursuing a career in – what else? – musical theatre.