Organizers of a benefit variety show say they’ve included many kinds of entertainment, from music to comedians and dancers to jugglers.

The Ed Sullivan-style show features comics, dancers, jugglers, musicians and more.

RUMFORD – The Rumford Historical Society will stage a benefit variety show “Right Here, On Our Stage” Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, in the recently renovated auditorium of Rumford’s Town Hall.

Saturday’s performance is at 7 p.m., and Sunday’s is at 3 p.m.

“We are featuring local talent in an Ed Sullivan-style variety show format.” said the show’s director, Bob Bohren.

“Burt DeFrees, president of the Rumford Historical Society, approached me about this project, and we both felt that there was such a wealth of talent in the area that we could provide some great entertainment value with a show of this type,” Bohren said.

“We have put together different acts between the two shows and have included as many different types of entertainment as we could find,” Bohren continued.

“We think we’ve put together such a wide variety of performers that there will be something to suit everyone’s taste. It will be a real family event, and a chance to see some of the best talent in the area all on one stage,” Bohren added.

Joining Bohren and DeFrees in creating the show are the assistant director, Duane Glover, and technical director, Craig Zurhorst.

“These three gentlemen make a terrific team, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” said DeFrees, who has taken on the role of producer.

“They have a great rapport with one another and are exciting to be around. We think we have put together a show the likes of which has not been seen in this area for more than a decade,” DeFrees said.

The team has assembled a cast of nationally known professionals, locally popular amateur talent and some of the best young performers in the area.

Scheduled to appear are: Joe Perham, humorist and storyteller; Thea Dunn, vocalist; Randy Judkins and Barney Martin, comedians; Jim Gallant, guitar and vocals; Boris Popovich, classical flutist; Scott Grassette, magician; Margaret Arsenault and Jim Littlefield, musical duo; Kirsten Ridge & Rachel Hall from Expressive Movements Dance Studio; Noel Palmer, guitar and vocals; ‘Charlie Who,’ clowning and juggling; Dariane Dunn, dance; The Mahoosic Community Band; John and Ginger Cunningham, vocal duo; The ‘Scoggin Cloggers, dance troupe; Ken and Jeannine Murray, vocal duo; and the cast of the Mountain Valley High School spring musical, “Kiss Me, Kate.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. They will be available at the door only.

Each of the two shows has a slightly different blend of talent, with some performers appearing on both days, while others are limited to only a single performance.

People may call 364-2536 for information.


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