'Celebrities' to make appearences at The Show this week
Annual event begins Thursday at Cassville Event Center
Area residents and the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce are ready to let loose their singing voices and show off their celebrity statuses this week at The Show.
Greg Beck, who has organized The Show since it began 22 years ago, said it has changed its format this year by allowing character performances This year will feature performances by Elvis, the Blues Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn.
The music, variety and comedy show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Cassville Event Center.
The HomeTown Sound and the RedHots will back up the singers, said Beck, who plays the drums in the band.
"Even though we love doing The Show, I always say the show is about those people that are coming out front to sing because they are the ones doing the entertaining," he said. "The band is good. The backup singers are good. And, they can't do it without us. But still, I kind of like to build them up, because that's their shining moment."
Beck said he is a former road musician who spent seven years traveling and performing after he got out of college. After he settled down in the area, he noticed many talented singers, especially while he went to church. One night, he told his wife, Brenda, that the community needed to do a show.
"She got a piece of paper and a pencil and said, 'Who's in the band?'" he said. "So, I said, 'OK, let me name off some people.' And, that's how [The Show] started."
Beck said his wife plays percussion in the band.
"She is my right hand," he said. "You know what they say, 'It takes a good woman to really make a great man.'"
The Show started in the Cassville Middle School gymnasium. It was then at the Crowder College Cassville Campus for five years. Since last year, The Show has been at the Cassville Event Center.
Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville School District, asked Beck if he would like to bring The Show to the school's FEMA Building, which since its completion has hosted a number of school-related events, and a performance by Easton Corbin.
Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door and are available at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, at 504 Main St., and at local banks.
The Show also has 11 tables at each performance, and those tickets [which are available at the chamber] cost $15 per person, said Mindi Artherton, chamber director. Project Graduation students from the Cassville High School senior class will serve snacks to each table guest. The students will also operate a concession stand.
All the proceeds from the concessions goes to Project Graduation, she said. The ticket sales benefit the chamber and help maintain The Show. Kids 12-and-under are free, except for children who eat their own snacks while in table seating.
For more information, people may contact the chamber at 417-847-2814.