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‘Greasers’ and other notables entertain sold-out Farris

Jesse Rice (left) and Sandy Duncan (right) shake it down the dance line with the systematic, hydromatic Greased Lightning moves at Farris Theatre’s ‘Dancing Through the Movies’ fundraiser to purchase digital cinema equipment. Ten groups performed TV and movie skits or songs to a sold-out audience. See story and additional photos on Page 6.

Jesse Rice (left) and Sandy Duncan (right) shake it down the dance line with the systematic, hydromatic Greased Lightning moves at Farris Theatre’s ‘Dancing Through the Movies’ fundraiser to purchase digital cinema equipment. Ten groups performed TV and movie skits or songs to a sold-out audience. See story and additional photos on Page 6.

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Coordinators of Saturday’s Farris fundraiser, Dancing Through the Movies, were hoping for a good turnout, but even they had to be a bit surprised with the response.  The event, utilizing local talent, was a very hot ticket – selling out 30 minutes prior to the 7:30 p.m. show. Friends of the Farris board member Sara Seidel solicited for any open seats so more “could join the party” to watch the two-hour show.

Volunteer community members – youth, adults and even Muppets – created 10 TV and movie-themed skits or dance numbers for the crowd to vote for their favorite by the way of their pocketbooks.

Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation’s rendition of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” mixed with the James Brown R&B anthem “I Feel Good,” was a crowd pleaser, as Shirkey employees danced a frolicked after taking their meds from Nurse Ratched, performed by Janie Pearson.

Sandy Duncan, Jesse Rice and Justin Meirer elicited hoops and hollers from the audience with their crazy antics in the “Greased Lightning” ensemble. RHS baseball head coach Brandon Quick and assistant coach Bob Lauck performed the Abbott and Costello’s comedic baseball routine “Who’s on First” skit.

But Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Max Hockemeier) and his creation (Brad Bamman) were the top-dollar vote-getters from the crowd, raising more than $1,000 alone. They performed “Putting on the Ritz” from Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” In all, $3,045 was generated from the audience for their votes. The event also raised money with ticket sales and a silent auction.

See additional photos on Richmond News’ Web site photo gallery.

 

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