By Randi Somers
Old Songs Productions is staging a series of musical comedy shows at Alice’s Champagne Palace this summer to raise money for several nonprofit organizations.
Called “Reruns,” the skits parody popular television programs and KBBI public radio.
Cast members and musicians include Darrell Oliver, Maura Jones, Alan Olson, Jess Williams, Michael McKinney, Sally Oberstein, Pat McNary, Shawnie Olson (on keyboard), Hal Spence, Dave Aplin, Suzanne Singer and special cameo appearances by other Homer residents. The cast is expected to change over the summer.
In a Wednesday evening rehearsal, City Manager Walt Wrede joined a game show skit where panelists, (posing as Sarah Palin, Hobo Jim and Don Young,) were challenged to figure out which of the three contestants was Wrede. He is expected to be a regular on the show.
The rehearsal gave a good preview of fun to come with skits poking fun at the Kilcher’s Wild Alaska show, the Deadliest Catch, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ed Sullivan, Judge Judy and KBBI radio’s bushlines. The group even managed to work in a piece about the plastic bag ban issue, and concluded with a finale by Bat Woman, Captain Underpants and Wonder Woman.
Shawnie Olson accompanies the action on keyboard.
Organizer/creator Sally Oberstein said she had help writing this year’s show from Hal Spence, Alan Olson and Michael McKinney. It’s the fifth year of performing in Homer, and each year brings a different theme and title.
The show is presented Wednesday nights, 7-9 p.m. July 10- Sept. 6. The final performance is to be a special “edgy” version for First Friday at 8 p.m.
Homer nonprofit organizations benefitting include: July 10: Homer Chamber of Commerce; July 17: Homer Council on the Arts; July 24: CACS; July 31: Pratt Museum; Aug. 7: Haven House; Aug. 14: K-Bay Equestrian Assoc.; Aug. 21: Lady Mariners Softball; Aug. 28: South Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
The $28 tickets include a champagne cocktail, appetizers and an evening of fun entertainment.
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