By MIKE CHAIKEN
Torrington may be miles away from the shoreline.
But there’s going to be a beach party this Sunday, with a whole lot of Sunshine.
The Sunshine Road that is.
The Sunshine Road will be presenting a “Rockin’ Beach Party” Sunday at the Warner Theater’s Nancy Marine Studio Theater in Torrington.
The Sunshine Road is celebrating 10 years of making fun music for children.
“It’s a whole big Partridge Family group now,” said David Verdosci, the father and leader of the musical brood. The group also features his daughters, Anna, 21, and Emily, 16. Both of them have been with the group since the beginning. The group now also includes David’s 10-year-old twin daughters, Gabriella and Samantha.
“We get to travel together for these shows, which is a blast,” said David.
“It’s going to be great,” said David of the show in Torrington, which will be standing room only. “We’re going to be able to camp out on the floor. It’s going to be a whole beach party theme. So we want to have the kids dancing and jumping around.”
The Sunshine Road plays family friendly music, some of it original, and some of the numbers will be standards such as “The Hokey Pokey” and “Wheels on the Bus,” said David.
Gabriella and Samantha, who are both students at Bristol’s St. Anthony School, are the newest members of the group.
Gabriella said she wasn’t sure exactly when she and Samantha first started getting up on stage with her dad and older sisters. “It was a little while ago. It was a long time ago. I feel like we were in second grade.”
“You’ve been coming along since you were tiny little things,” said David.
“I have a lot of memories from performing with dad,” said Samantha.
“It’s fun,” said Samantha of performing on stage with Sunshine Road. “It’s just fun.”
Gabriella said she doesn’t have any specific memories of performing with The Sunshine Road. “But I remember the first time we performed at the Harwinton Fair We got to sing and then we got to see the horses and all the rides and stuff.”
Gabriella said she likes performing with her sisters and dad “because I like to sing. I just like to express myself, to sing, and dance.”
When asked what it was like singing with her twin sister on stage, Samantha said, “I feel like I’m the same person performing in two spots in the same show.”
Since they were twins, what would they tell people to help figure out who is who?
“I will always have longer hair. And I am not as girly as her,” said Gabriella.
Samantha also said the two of themhave different tastes in music. “Very different.”
She explained, “I listen to some country music. But not a lot of it. I listen to some hip hop music and stuff like that.”
And Gabriella is firmly in the country music camp. “It’s my favorite.” As for a favorite country singer, she said, “I like them all.” But when questioned further, Gabriella said she is a fan of Taylor Swift. I have a lot of her songs. I like her old CD, ‘Fearless.’ That’s like my favorite one of hers.”
“My favorite singer is Bella Thorne,” said Samantha, referring to one of the stars of the Disney Channel’s series, “Shake It Up.”
Asked to describe the music of The Sunshine Road, Samantha said, “If I was talking to someone younger, I like doing those songs because it’s fun for them to get up and just jump around with the songs.”
Gabriella said, “When we’re singing it make people so happy. And I know some people there that I know. And that just makes me feel so happy.”
Music has always been part of the girls’ life, said the sisters. Their dad always had music in the house.
And the girls love performing. “I like it because when we go to town things everybody will know me. They get to talk to me and I get to know them. Basically, it’s pretty fun for me.”
They’re just 10 years old but both girls have some inkling of what their future careers will be like.
And it probably won’t be much different from what they’re doing now with The Sunshine Road.
Samantha said she definitely wants to be a musician like her dad.
Gabriella is still up in the air. “I’m not sure yet,” said Gabriella of her future career. “I’ve got a lot of ideas since fourth grade but then they change. Then they change again. It’s hard.”
But her most recent ambition, said Gabriella—surprise, surprise— is to be a singer.
The girls said people should definitely come out to the Warner this Sunday.
“It’s fun for the entire family to enjoy and I’ll be doing a solo and that will be pretty awesome,” aid Gabriella.
(And that solo, by the way, is “The Puppy Song.” Gabriella said, “I think about my dog. His name is Picasso. He’s going to turn 2 in October. He’s the cutest thing in the entire world.”)
The Warner Show “is going to be great,” said David. It’s a fund raiser to help support the arts. “Let’s get as many families out there as possible.”
The Sunshine Road’s “Rockin’ Beach Party” will be at the Warner Theater’s Nancy Marine Studio Theater, 68 Main St., Torrington on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office or at WarnerTheatre.org.
For more information about The Sunshine Road, go to TheSunshineRoad.com