Wow, what an awesome evening! I don’t even have too many pictures to share–we were just that busy backstage to get many. But what a wonderful evening!
I was the host/MC, so I had to figure out just how I was going to do this alone. I watched some old variety shows on YouTube for inspiration, but it just left me wondering how I was going to pull it off. I don’t have the singing power of Johnny Cash, or someone to bounce jokes off of, like Donny & Marie, or Sonny and Cher (and they all perform!). Ed Sullivan is, well, Ed Sullivan.
But not to fear–a T-Rex managed to crash the Them Days Variety Show. My hosting intros were anything but dull, because I was busy chasing a dinosaur off stage. He wanted to be part of the show, to dance and to play drums. In the end, I gave our Late Cretaceous Era friend a t-shirt for his volunteer efforts. We don’t generally go *that* far back in time in our history magazine, but it was nice of him to try to help.
The performances were all wonderful, starting with the dramatic Let’s Dance senior and elementary ballet classes, followed by Noah Elson with his Michael Jackson performance, and the colourful Modern Let’s Dance performance. Then we had intermission with a silent auction, and the musical acts started. Gary Mitchell and the Jacinda Beals Band both had wonderful sets.
The first thank you goes out to John Heard, for organizing this show. We are so fortunate to have someone who pops by the office and occasionally offers to pull off a benefit concert. Thanks to our performers: Let’s Dance (headed by Jenny Seaward), Noah Elson, Gary Mitchell (feel better soon, Jen!), and the Jacinda Beals Band. Thanks also to our Board members who showed up to volunteer, and to Abby and Aaron who were the best dino-wrangers a charitable organization could ask for. Thanks also to Pei, who stole the show, and to Robin Cooper. Also thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre for being wonderful hosts.
Thank you! We had a lot of fun, and I hope you did too if you came out last night.