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Arts Cooperative to Sponsor “Times Like These”

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 American Legion SMNR Post 163 Saturday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office, Marysville; tickets may be purchased at the door as well.

Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $10.00; the ticket price includes the show and an appetizer buffet.

Advance tickets for Sunday’s performance are $5.00; 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 seventh 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.”

“Times Like These” 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 and Kate Larkin will be special musical guests. 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. This year we’re combining two concepts – time and seasons – and using that as our basis for the revue.”

The group has chosen songs like “Rock Around the Clock,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “The Time Warp,” and “Walking on Sunshine” to fit the 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 King’s Singers to the area.

“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.

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