Party crashers plan Variety Night invasion

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A foursome of unwelcome party crashers will try their damnedest to get on the short guest list, which includes Bow Valley residents, at this year’s Variety Night.

The popular Bow Valley Chorus annual fundraising concert with plenty of local musical and dance talent will stretch over two shows on March 11 at Canmore’s Cornerstone Theatre, starting with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m.

“The variety show will be pretty nutty and each performance will have surprises – a lot of surprises,” said Karen Minish, the event’s director.

“We want people to come and have a good old fashioned fun time.”

A staple people have come to look forward to at the annual show is the mini-musical and this year is shaping up to be no different, said Minish.

The installation is called The Cocktail Party! (Where anything goes …), which hosts a cast of zany guests (Lee Post, Leanne Post, Jeremy Elbourne, Jean Michel Worms, Barb Shellian, Alexine Murray, and Lesley Van Dorsten) and a couple of bad apples will be on their way to crash it.

The musical’s theme is loosely based on the 1960-70s television series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, but, unlike the TV show, the mini musical will have piano, banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, bass and the ukulele being played in the background.

“There will be crazy music from a band at the party and the cast and music will stop and someone will tell a really bad joke, then some surprise visitors are going to show up,” said Minish. “That is going to be peppered throughout the whole cocktail party over a whole selection of tunes that I have picked including (Queen’s) ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ and some other tunes from the 1940s that are going to be performed.”

Each variety show will have two acts, including a dance performance from crowd favourite Kim Mayberry and belly dancing troupe Rocky Mountain Rags, and musical performances from Bow Valley Chorus.

As well, John Goulart is set to perform a tribute to guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Mark Staniforth and Stan Horner, while Minish is also set to perform with pianist Ian Robertson.

A cash bar will be set up at Cornerstone Theatre and a 50/50 raffle will take place.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Café Books on Main Street in Canmore or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, visit www.bowvalleychorus.com.

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