HomeTown Sound & the RedHots to present 'The Show'

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Assistant director: 'The Show' gives more bang for your buck than movie or Branson show

HomeTown Sound & the RedHots, along with other featured local talent, will be taking the stage again this month for its annual fall performance.

"The Show," as it is known locally, is highly anticipated each year, delivering two hours of power-packed music and variety for local audiences.

Three performances will be held. Shows on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 22, will be at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday, Oct. 23, matinee performance will be offered at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Cassville Event Center.

The 11-member band, seven of which's members have has been together for 24 years, donates 100 percent of proceeds from "The Show" each year to the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit the community and local schools. The band performs a wide genre of songs spanning several decades, offering a musical experience that is sure to please all ages.

Band members include: Greg Beck, drums; Bruce Nickel, bass; Debbie Nickel, keyboard/vocals; Jennifer Evans, piano/vocals; Jack Reed, lead guitar; Dale Strahan, rhythm guitar; Jim Craig, trombone; Rocky Mills, trumpet; and Brenda Beck, percussion. JaDonna Brattin and Don Bowen provide backing vocals. Specialized personnel include: Carolyn Bowen, backstage manager; Ken Latscher, sound; and Chris Seymour, stage lighting.

What's especially unique about the band is how it specifically spotlights talent from the local community, including students, business owners and school administration, or anyone who has musical talent and wants to be involved.

The local school district also benefits, both through chamber activities and programs and through proceeds collected from concession stand sales at the event.

This year, 'The Show' members said the performance theme will include 1970s and 1980s music from several different genres.

"It will be rock, country, blues and more," said Brenda Beck, percussionist and assistant to Band Director Greg Beck.

The band has never, in previous years, released the names of the songs they will be performing. But this year, for the first time, they are letting a few titles slip in.

"We'll be doing some B-52's, some Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Kenny Rogers," Beck said. "Some of the most popular songs we'll be doing are Stairway to Heaven, The Gambler and Edge of 17."

Audiences can expect the same, exciting, toe-tapping entertainment, mixed with fun and even a little comedy.

"There will be big variety, as always," Beck said. "We also have a couple of new faces this year -- Cassville High School junior Emily Sink and Jennifer Conner from Monett."

Guests can choose table seating, which includes refreshments and offers a dinner theatre-style experience, or regular seating. This year, only eight tables will be available for each performance, so Beck encouraged guests wanting table seating to purchase tickets before they're gone.

"The first set of the show will include salty items, such as popcorn and drinks, and for the second set, refreshments will sweet," Beck said.

Cassville students representing the vocal music department and the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will be serving the refreshments, and proceeds from concessions will be donated to student groups.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door and children 12 and under are free. Table seating is $15 per ticket. With all the offerings for the cost of one ticket, combined with the fact that children ages 12 and under are free, Beck said the event is one great bargain for family entertainment -- one they won't want to miss.

"'The Show' is more bang for your buck than you will get from a movie theatre or a show in Branson," she said. "If you haven't been to 'The Show,' you truly are missing out on some of the area's best talent. We encourage anyone who has never been to one of our performances to try it one time."

Band members rehearse for months in advance to prepare for the big event.

"We've been practicing since July to prepare," Beck said. "The people in this band work so hard, not just in our two-hour rehearsals since July, but so many takes so much time of of their own personal time outside of rehearsals to prepare. It's incredible that this event has been going on for 24 years."

The band's longevity is both incredible, and contagious, because a nearby city now wants its own show.

HomeTown Sound band members are currently working on helping the city of Monett start its own annual show, and have a performance tentatively set for February at the FEMA event center on the Monett school campus.

"We're trying to help Monett and are plugging in some of our local talent up there," Beck said.

Advance tickets for "The Show" can be purchased at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, Security Bank, Commerce Bank, First State Bank and Freedom Bank, all of Cassville. Table seating can be purchased at the chamber.

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