Performances of the 19th annual The Show will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.
"The theme is 50s and 60s, which is always really popular because the crowd we appeal to came up through that music," said Greg Beck, The Show director. "This will not be a bee-bop and poodle skirt show though. That's why we called it 'The Way It Was.'
"We will have music that represents what was happening in the world during that time period," said Beck. "We will begin with an opening medley and then do a song from 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953 and work our way through."
The single song performances will conclude with a song from 1969. This will be followed by a closing medley.
"We will perform mostly hits," said Beck. "The songs may not be number one songs, but they will have significance of some kind."
The Show fans who have attended past performances will see several new faces in this year's production. The cast includes talented individuals of all ages.
"We have some new blood," said Beck. "We always try to have some new blood. We have some kids and young adults this year. The crowd really likes the high school kids."
As in the past, this year's production will feature beautiful costumes, comedic skits and a few surprises.
Bob Allen will return as the master of ceremonies. The Show fans who have missed vocal performances by Leslie Smith will not be disappointed this year. Smith has rejoined the singing core for this year's production.
"We're ready," said Beck. "We started rehearsals in July. We had our last regular rehearsal Thursday night, and will be moving to Crowder this week."
The Show, which will feature HomeTown Sound and the RedHots, will offer approximately two and a half hours of musical entertainment with an intermission. Concessions will be provided by Cassville High School Project Graduation.
"We really encourage people to make this a family night out," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "Kids 12 and under get in free this year, which we hope will be a savings for those interested in bringing their children.
"There will be refreshments and plenty of entertainment," said Artherton. "We want you to take full advantage of all that Cassville has to offer, which includes the long standing tradition of this unique show."
HomeTown Sound band members include: Jack Reed, guitar; Bruce Nickle, bass; Carol House, piano; JoEllen Fielding, keyboard and flute; Jim Craig, trombone; Rocky Mills, trumpet; Steve Lyons, sax; Brenda Beck, percussion; and Greg Beck, drums.
The RedHots are Jennifer Evans, Debbie Nickle and Sara Sandoval. Carolyn Bowen, Don Bowen, Wendy Lueckenhoff, Ken Latschar, Amber Wilson and Jeremiah Hilburn will assist with backstage, set-up, wardrobe, sound and stage lighting and spotlighting.
The Show will also feature solo performances by the following members of the Cassville community: Angela Seymour, Audra Shumaker, Billy McGuffey, Bradley Lueckenhoff, Don Bowen, Hali Faber, Jeremiah Hilburn, Jeremy Hilburn, John Lueckenhoff, Josh Davison, Katie Johnson, Kaye Hughes, Ken House, Leslie Smith, Phillip Roller and Tracy Essery.
Advanced general admission tickets are available at Commerce Bank, Freedom Bank, First State Bank and Security Bank in Cassville. Tickets can also be purchased at the chamber office, which is located at 504 Main St. in Cassville. Advanced tickets are $6.
Tickets will also be available at the door for $8 each. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.
Table seating is also available for the Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. Table seats cost $15 per person, and a table can accommodate six to eight individuals. Table seating includes popcorn and water or soda upon arrival and a root beer float during intermission.
For more information or to reserve tickets or table seating for either show, call the chamber office at 847-2814.
The following local businesses will serve as sponsors for The Show: Hutchens Construction; Access Family Care; Barry Electric Cooperative; All Points Recycling; Commerce Bank; Freedom Bank; Horner Realty; Runnels Chiropractic; Security Abstract and Title; Security Bank; and Willis Insurance. Commerce Bank also sponsored the tickets.