Baritones, like their female counterpart, the mezzos, come in all shapes and sizes. They are common for leading men, villains and character parts. There are even a few ingenues or at least roles for young men in the baritone range. Because it is a range shared by many singers, there are many subtypes of baritone roles. Villains and leading men in heavier pieces are frequently dramatic baritones, whereas character types are comic baritones and younger characters or characters in lighter shows are lyric baritones. Because it is the most common male vocal register, the voice can also have an “everyman” implication and such roles are frequently baritones.
Members of the Little Rock Nine arrive at school, only to be turned away by Arkansas National Guardsmen. Under orders from the President of the United States, the National Guard would eventually be used to safely escort the nine students to and from school.
Epps’ middle name is Travence. His parents argued over whether to name him Robert Travis, after his mother’s father, or Robert Terrence, after his father’s grandfather. They solved this dilemma by combining the two names. Epps went by Travence exclusively in early high school, as ‘Robert’ did not sound as cool to his teenage angst.