Performers in the upcoming Warrensburg Variety Show, in costume for a country music number, pose for a publicity photograph. Pictured are (front, kneeling): Diane Fana, (front, seated, left to right): Deidre Peters, Deanne Peters, (standing, left to right): Sasha Blake, Patty McKinney, Denise Squires, Erika Walker, Sally Maloney, and Valerie Smith.
For decades, Florence LaPoint and her volunteers have bought, wrapped and delivered toys during the holiday season to children from low-income families. She’s also bought food and clothing at Christmas time for children whose families are facing financial crisis. Meanwhile, there’s been a vibrant custom of presenting minstrel and variety shows in town.
During the last 10 years, these two traditions have intersected, delighting local audiences. Since 2002, LaPoint has produced the Warrensburg Variety Show, raising money for Operation Santa Claus, which provides the food and clothing to families during the holidays.
Next weekend, the show returns for its 10th edition. The Warrensburg Variety Show, which mixes songs, dance, show tunes and comic routines, will be held at 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 15 and Saturday Nov. 16 at Warrensburg Elementary School.
Commemorating the town’s Bicentennial, the production is titled “Our Hometown USA.”
Performers are primarily from Warrensburg and Thurman, joined by entertainers from nearby communities.
Providing music for the show are Janet Cousineau on piano, Lane Schermerhorn on drums and Kevin Ramsey on bass.
The show has three segments. The first features songs of yesteryear such as “Carolina Moon,” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” sure to spark memories.
The second section focuses on Warrensburg’s community spirit and showcases country music, featuring Hoddy Ovitt on guitar and Jim Davis on banjo and fiddle.
The final act, “One Nation Under God” pays tribute to veterans with such songs such as “This is My Country,” “The Statue of Liberty” and “Salute to the Armed Forces.”
Admission is $8 and tickets are available at Willows Bistro in Warrensburg, from cast members, and at the door. For more information, call LaPoint at 623-3531.