Recently, the Marshall County Arts Cooperative has brought professional artists like Theatre A-Go-Go, Go For Baroque, and Deb Marquart to Marshall County to entertain residents. On January 16, however, the arts organization will showcase local talent to entertain county citizens. The arts cooperative will sponsor “Route 36: Traveling With The Stars” Saturday, January 16, at the Marysville Moose Lodge. Performance times are 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
“We are proud to bring outside talent to our area so county citizens have contact with professional artists,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “Just as importantly, we want to showcase local performers so residents are exposed to the rich pool of talent this area offers.”
“Route 36” is a two act musical revue featuring six local residents singing a selection of tunes. Pat Breeding, Molly Cashier, Brian Cook, Mandy Cook, Kruse, and Travis Panning will serve as the musical ensemble. They will be introduced by Victor Blecharczyk and Jeremie Vore; Tam Johnson will be the accompanist. Approximately twenty songs will be sung by the ensemble and two guest stars will join the company for special numbers. “We’re having a fun time rehearsing,” said Mandy Cook, performer. “We’re singing a wide variety of songs – everything from Broadway to disco. Plus, we’re keeping things fresh by singing solos, duets, as well as some small group numbers. I think the audience will enjoy the variety review.”
The performance includes renditions of “KoKoMo,” “California Dreamin’,” “On The Road Again,” and “Route 66.”
The six-member singing ensemble will be joined by Janet Robinson and her husband, Michael Ray Tyler. Robinson, a Marysville native and the daughter of John and Norma Robinson, is now a music teacher at Las Vegas High School. Her husband is a professional musician who just released his fourth CD, “Cool Breeze.” Robinson and Tyler will perform selections from the new CD as well as some jazz standards like “When I Fall In Love” and “What A Wonderful World.”
“There’s something for everyone,” said Kruse. “There’s a lot of diversity in the musical selections. From some jazz classics to some hits from the 50s and 60s, I think people will enjoy the wide repertoire.”
In addition to an evening of entertainment, guests will be treated to light hors d’oeuvres before the show starts and dessert during intermission. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. so guests can mingle and enjoy the appetizers. The shows start at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend. “There is no admission to attend the event; however, this is a fundraiser so we hope audience members will give a donation to support the arts,” says Kruse. “We’re fortunate that so many people are donating to this cause. The performers are donating their talents, the Moose Lodge is donating the use of the facility, and area businesses are donating food. Hopefully, MCAC will be able to raise money so that we can bring more artists to work in the schools.”
The Marshall County Arts Cooperative works for a powerful arts network in Marshall County. The arts cooperative encourages local artistic growth and develops an effective arts network among area schools, parents, teachers, and communities. Plus, MCAC maximizes Marshall County residents’ exposure to the arts to create arts access for rural populations. MCAC is an umbrella organization which works closely with the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, the Marshall County Community Band, the Marshall County Community Choir, the Marshall County Educational Artists Series, the Marshall County Historical Society, and the Marysville Area Community Theatre. MCAC receives the majority of its funding from the R.L. & Elsa Helvering Trust and the Guise-Weber Foundation.
For additional information contact Kruse at 785-562-5629.