The Show will unveil its 2008 production on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cassville Middle School gymnasium. "Make Me Smile" is the theme of this year's show, which will include 27 songs by 16 different vocalists and music groups.
"This year's song selection is not from a set period," said Greg Beck, founder and director of The Show. "It's going to cover a broad base of music, and we've worked in some comedy."
Vocalists who will perform in this year's production include: Alicia McCullah, Josh Davison, Carleen Clark, John Lueckenhoff, Wendy Lueckenhoff, Kids Choir, Jordan Bailey, Blake Whitley, Tim Thompson, Aaron Jamieson, David Payne, Tracy Waters, Jessica Hendrix, Ben Shuman and Sophie Muller.
These vocalists will be accompanied by the always popular Home Sound and The Redhots. Band members include: Carol House, piano; Jo Ellen Fielding, keyboard and flute; Charley Fuller, guitar; Jack Reed, guitar; Ryan Preddy, bass; Jim Craig, trombone; Rocky Mills, trumpet; Patty Reed, saxophone; Brenda Beck, percussion; and Greg Beck, drums.
The Red Hots include Carrie Beck, Jamie Smith, Jennifer Evans and Marty Jones. Ken Latschar serves as sound engineer and Burt Latschar is in charge of lighting. Brenda Beck is The Show's assistant director and Carolyn Bowen handles the backstage.
Bob Allen and Leslie (Fletcher) Smith will serve as the masters of ceremony for The Show, which is celebrating its 16th anniversary this fall.
In addition to the Thursday night production, The Show will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. This year's pre-show, which starts one half hour before The Show begins, will feature the talents of local ventriloquist Jessie Rex.
"We think this will be a very interesting addition to The Show," said Beck.
For the first time in the history of The Show, tables for all three shows are sold out. General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door for $7 or in advance for $6 at the chamber office and local Cassville banks.
and Fall Festival
Thursday night's performance of The Show will mark the beginning of a busy weekend for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, which underwrites The Show each year.
The chamber will be hosting its annual Fall Festival and Chili and Salsa Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 25 around the downtown square. This year's celebration will be one of the largest ever with over 100 booths registered for the event.
The festival begins at 8 a.m. and usually lasts until 3 p.m. A pet parade, sponsored by Cassville Veterinary Clinic, will be held at 10 a.m., and Cassville's own 4 in a Corner will perform mid-day on the festival stage. There will also be performances by the Bootkickers, Cassville Gymnastics and local martial arts groups.
This year, festival goers will have the opportunity to sample chili and salsa created by 28 teams who have entered the contest. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
"This is the biggest response we've ever had with 105 booths," said Amy White, chamber executive director. "The event just keeps on growing."
For more information on The Show, the Fall Festival of the Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, call the chamber office at 847-2814.