Volpe Returns To Area With Her Los Angeles Comedy Group, Boobe Sisters
Karen Volpe is doing anything but keeping a low profile when she returns to Western New York at the end of the month.
A Cherry Creek native and current Los Angeles resident, Volpe will give a series of performances and workshops throughout the county both individually and with her California comedy trio, The Boobe Sisters. Having successfully made the transition into a career in showbusiness, Volpe will make her return to the area on Thursday and begin preparations for her several live performances in the following week-and-a-half.
Upon her arrival, she will reunite with her brothers, Don and Bob, and begin rehearsals with the Karen Volpe Band for a Saturday concert at Feegan’s Witch Kitch at 90 Jamestown St. in Sinclairville from 8 p.m. to midnight.
“Our dad used to play old country music and, rather than hire a band, he taught us to be his band,” Volpe said. “When I come home, my brothers and I like to get together and play some of these old classic country tunes for fun; and that’s what we’re going to do on that (Saturday) show. We’ll have Bill Eckstrom (owner of Germaine and Pappalardo music store), Adam McKillip, Dave Nicastro and Bogie Griffin sitting in with us, and it will just be a big jam.”
On Sunday she will do a live episode of her podcast “The Movie Guys” with co-host Paul Preston, working with the WRFA-LP 107.9 FM radio station to speak with local filmmakers as guests on the show. She said she has had a lot of interaction with Western New York filmmakers and wanted to highlight their creativity on her podcast.
When Monday, Oct. 24, rolls around, she will begin a week of daily workshops focusing on performance and making a career in performing arts for several area students. These workshops will be held for: students of Bemus Point Elementary School and Jamestown Community College on Monday, Oct. 24; members of three to four Girl Scouts troops in Sherman, who are working on earning a theater badge, on Tuesday, Oct. 25; students of the Frewsburg Central School District on Wednesday, Oct. 26; and students of the Dunkirk City School District on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Oct. 24 workshop at JCC is free and open to the public, and more information can be found on Facebook under the event title “Performance & Performers with Karen Volpe.” The Oct. 27 workshop in Dunkirk comes courtesy of Volpe’s long-time friend Kim Levan, who works as a teacher in the district, and will feature her fellow Boobe Sisters counterparts Leah Finkelstein and Heather Stewart. The trio will present chorus workshops and teach students about singing in three-part harmony.
“I love performing, but I love it even more when I get to come back and talk to the students in our community about what I’m doing,” she said. “When I was a kid, making a living in singing and the performing arts seemed impossible, but I met the right people and caught a few breaks. So I want to come back and give out my email to anyone who has questions and help them in the same way I was helped, because you won’t catch any breaks by staying in your house.”
The Boobe Sisters will then begin a three-day run of concerts beginning Friday, Oct. 28, at Feegan’s Witch Kitch from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The 21-and-over concert is free, with no cover charge, and will feature Adam McKillip as a supporting act. There will also be a Halloween costume contest and giveaways throughout the evening. As the group has developed a reputation for its oftentimes bawdy 1960s-styled song parodies, the show has been given an “R” rating.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the group will perform a toned-down, “PG-13” version of its stage show in a special dinner theater event at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville, from 7-10 p.m. The cost to attend is $49.95 and tickets can be reserved by calling 753-3960 or online at webbscaptainstable.com/events/2016/10/29/dinner-theater-boobe-sisters.
Finally, an all-ages concert intended for local high school drama and music students will be given at the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy’s Tropicana Room from 4-5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. The show itself will run for the first hour, and will be followed by a 45-minute question-and-answer session in which students can learn more about a career in showbusiness. Tickets are $10 for adults, but students who RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday, Oct. 29, will be admitted free.
Volpe said the first two of these appearances were hired performances, and the venues helped facilitate the group’s travel expenses. The other expenses associated with their visit to Western New York were facilitated through the funds raised via a recent GoFundMe campaign hosted by the group, and the final, all-ages show serves as both a “thank you” and community outreach program to give back to those who supported the visit.