Members of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative are getting ready for their annual fundraiser. The event, which has become the signature fundraiser for the cooperative, will be at the Marysville Moose Lodge Saturday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale for $5.00 at the Chamber of Commerce office, Marysville, and at the Weaver Hotel, Waterville. Tickets at the door are $10.00.
“This event has become our hallmark event,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “This is the sixth year that we’re hosting this type of a fundraiser which is really a musical revue. We look forward to producing a show which features some of our local talent all the while raising funds for the arts.”
“Sign Your Name” is a two act revue featuring seven local residents singing a selection of tunes. Pat Breeding, Brian Cook, Mandy Cook, Scott Keller, Ashley Kracht, Kruse, and Julie Popejoy will serve as the musical ensemble. Bryton Stoll will join the ensemble to sing a special number in the second act. Cindy Voet is the musical director.
Approximately twenty songs will be performed.
Each year the group chooses a theme for the show. Previous themes have included “Cabaret of Stars,” “Decade of Stars,” and “Photographs and Memories.”
“The theme captures the essence of the show,” said Kruse. “The show’s theme guides our song selection and helps us put together an integrated show.”
The idea for this year’s show came from the father of one of the performers. Several days after last year’s fundraiser, Mandy Cook received a phone call from her father, Lowell Hamilton, who had just heard Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” on the radio.
“My father is not one to be an artsy kind of guy,” said Cook. “He liked last year’s show so much that he thought about it for days after. When he heard the song on the radio he called and planted the seed for the ‘names’ theme. He’s eagerly anticipating what comes of his idea.”
The group has chosen songs like “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Amie,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and “Jessie’s Girl” to fit the “name” theme.
“The show is a great mix of songs,” said Kruse. “We’re doing everything from rock and roll to show tunes to some jazz standards. Hopefully, the show has a wide appeal.”
The benefit is a fundraiser for the arts cooperative who brings artists to the county to perform for the public as well as to work with students. Last month the cooperative brought the Turtle Island Quartet and the Dallas Brass to the area; both groups were well received by the public.”
“It’s fundraisers like this one that help us do what we do,” Kruse said. “We’re blessed with the support we receive.”
For additional information people can contact Kruse at 785-713-2077.