On Feb. 21, the marquee at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will light up for the '70s tribute concert "Sounds of Motown" to benefit our local 4-H.
The show is what the title says it is: a Motown tribute concert to benefit our county 4-H Youth Development Program. ... with a little more to it. Four young, overly enthusiastic Lucille Ball-like entertainers discover there is an audience awaiting a show and mistakenly believe the original band forgot the show, thus they take over. The hilarity ensues when the four innocently bring their own comical entertainment intermixed between the moments the "real" show takes the stage. It's a back and forth riotous commotion including fast-paced covers of songs such as "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered" and "R-E-S-P-E-C-T," dance numbers, and comedy ranging from witty banter to old-fashioned slapstick.
"Due to the large size of the 4-H program in Chautauqua County along with the overwhelming support for the program, we would not be surprised to sell out. It's something all ages will get a kick out of. The songs are upbeat, the performers will be in gorgeous dresses and flashy disco suits, and the comedy is something grandpa and his 8-year-old granddaughter will appreciate," said Shannon Nixon, head of Masked Productions and producer of "Sounds of Motown."
The cast of "Sounds of Motown" is comprised of many recognized names in our community. Performers of the "Sounds of Motown" include Logan Beard, theater veteran and professional entertainer from Pennsylvania; Shannon Nixon, 2010 winner of Chautauqua's Got Talent; and national touring singers Jamie Lee Bonfiglio-Davis and Karen Buck. Guest appearances include Angelo and Ylsa Giuffre, owners of the Spire Theater; Kira Spencer, owner of the Willow Bay Theater; and a few other surprise names the audience will certainly recognize.
Masked Productions and Wall Street Dairy LLC present "Sounds of Motown" to benefit the Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program. Additional sponsors include H&H Enterprises. Masked Productions is a fundraising theater company that produces shows for nonprofit organizations. More information on Masked can be found at www.maskedpro.com.
4-H is the youth development program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. 4-H offers a variety of youth development career readiness and life skills programming to over 1,300 youth in Chautauqua County, hosting nine countywide animal projects, more than 50 non animal opportunities and special interest programs teaching life skills such as safety, conservation, public speaking and more. 4-H has partnered with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to develop and grow the program through the Chautauqua County 4-H Endowment Fund. Through the community's support to the 4-H Endowment, youth in Chautauqua County will continue to flourish for many years through the Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program.
"This new fundraiser is an extremely exciting venture," said Emily Kidd, 4-H issue leader. "It is a great way for those that have supported 4-H throughout the years to continue to do so and for new connections to be made. It sounds like a really fun show that I am looking forward to seeing."
Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door, at $25 for a VIP ticket to the "Have a Heart for 4-H" reception beginning at 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased through the Reg Lenna box office online at www.reglenna.com or by calling 484-7070. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the reception and basket giveaways and the curtain rises at 8 p.m. Proceeds go toward to Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County 4-H.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.