After a hiatus of three years, comedian Rusty DeWees' Logger Holiday Variety Show is touring Vermont for the 2009-2010 holidays. Shows will be staged at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, and at the South Burlington and Stowe high schools.
"I performed in Maine and New Hampshire a bunch, and I wrote a book, "Scrawlins"-a collection of my Eagle and Rutland Tribune newspaper columns-which left no time to put a holiday show together the past three years. People have been missing the show and they tell me it's a family holiday tradition. So we've been working almost a year on this Holiday show, and tell you what, it's going to be a rig the folks don't want to miss," DeWees said.
Audiences familiar with the Logger's variety show will get to meet French Canadian Uncle Furmon-again. Everybody's favorite uncle will be in the show more than ever before as he dances and prances to the audience's delight (drunk on life and cheap hooch). Champion fiddler Don Commo and five-time Emmy Award winning guitarist Peter Wilder -along with Rusty on guitar and drums-will be doing the heavy lifting for the variety show's full slate of musical numbers.
The Logger's Holiday Variety Show is a face paced, smooth flowing, collection of comedy, dancing, and music, that harken back to days when the entire family would sit around the television in the living room (Yes, people actually used their living rooms), and enjoy an evening of entertainment together.
Think Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, and Carol Burnett-the 1960s and 1970s style family variety television shows that America tuned into. Add Rusty's familiar Logger style comedy stories, and a pair of Vermont's most talented guest stars (singer Keeghan Nolan and dancer Kerry Izzo), and you have a full show for the whole family.
"Yeah, these gals, Keeghan and Kerry are talented like you won't believe," said DeWees. "They're going to bring the house down."
Among the songs Nolan will sing is "Sparks Fly" for which she won first place at CMA's Rising Vocal Competition in Nashville, Tenn. "I'm very lucky to have the ladies in the show," he said.
Which of course makes you and your family lucky too, when you all go to the Logger's Holiday Variety Show-a Vermonter holiday tradition. This holiday season the curtain will rise at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, South Burlington High School, and Stowe High School.
The show is rated SC for Some Cussin' and is appropriate for the entire family.
•Paramount Theatre, Rutland, Nov. 27-28, at 8 p.m.
•South Burlington High School, Dec 11-12,18-19 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
•Stowe High School, Dec 31 and Jan 1-2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20. Call 802-888-8838 or see www.thelogger.com.