LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Kentucky Opera's Romeo and Juliet will debut the classic love story Friday night. Among those who will be in the audience is a Louisville Cardinal who has joined Romeo on the stage before.
"Here come the Cardinals," is a familiar line from Sean Moth, the man behind the mic for the University of Louisville Cardinals.
A few blocks away from the KFC Yum! Center at the Brown Theatre Vale Rideout will play the male lead for the Kentucky Opera's Romeo and Juliet.
So what do these two talented voices have in common?
"We'll Sean was a year ahead of me in school," Rideout smiled. Moth showed us some photos as he was seen sporting a bit of mullet at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Moth and Rideout started an a capella quartet 20 years before shows like NBC's The Singoff made the singing style popular.
"He has an amazing base voice," Rideout bragged of his buddy. "Sean was always the anchor to our group."
"Right back at you," Moth said, "Vail actually came in with this reputation, and his older sister Leenya has been in three Tony Award winning shows."
The impressive resume didn't stop Moth from hastily naming the group, The Rocky Mountain Oysters. After high school, the Oysters sang for money. Their National Anthem rendition was a big hit.
From Triple-A baseball games at the old Mile High Stadium to Frontier Days. "I think we opened for Alabama and the Judds," Moth remembered.
Both are now married and still can't believe their voices became their livelihood. Moth worked Denver Nuggets and Avalanche games until Tom Jurich brought him to the 'Ville. Rideout moved to New York and worked on Broadway, but decided Opera was his calling. "I've wanted to perform with the Kentucky Opera for quite a few years," Rideout said.
Between Romeo rehearsals, the buds watched their Broncos fall in the Super Bowl. So Rideout hoped his Valentines' Day would be extra special with his wife Nicole flying in for opening night. "I would feel a little bit more like Romeo if my wife were able to be here," he explained. Snowed in his wife got stuck in Philadelphia and won't be making the trip.
With both the men's and women's Cards out of town, Moth will have the night off and will have to take her place. Forget romance, the bromance is back on.
We asked the Moth, "Will you bring him roses?," he laughed, "I'm going to leave that to be a surprise but, I think that is the tradition, he's more of a daisies guy!"
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