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Vaudeville comedy show to benefit food pantry

Staff Report

Hilarious routines from the Golden Age of Comedy will be recreated onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center Friday, Feb. 9, starring funnymen Larry Bower and Scott Neberg.

Also performing will be the nine-member musical ensemble Musiclectics, who present a variety of styles including Show Tunes, Oldies, Country and Gospel. Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Bower and Nedberg pay tribute to the madcap humor of the Vaudeville era, typified by the classic “Who’s on First” routine made famous by Abbott and Costello.

Larry Bower, is co-founder of Bower North Productions as well as being active in area Theatrical productions. He is also a veteran of the Fort Wayne area broadcasting scene. He worked many years at WKJG TV where his duties included numerous stints at the local emcee for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA telethon. He is currently News Director for WBCL FM radio.

Scott Nedberg has performed in several of Bower North’s audience-participation mysteries as well as in other community theater productions at venues including Warren’s Pulse Opera House. Nedberg is Pastor of Warren United Church of Christ.

Musiclectics formed in 2015 with members hailing from Markle, Warren, Decatur, Craigville, Poneta and Bluffton. Their lineup includes Vickie Kibellus, Damon Smith, Otto Lowe, Kurt Alspaugh, Jan and Clay Smith, Tabitha Schwyn and Chelsea Smith. Carla Alspaugh accompanies the group on piano. Vickie Kibellus is the former star of numerous productions at Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, Ind. She starred with Bower and Nedberg in the Vaudeville themed show “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” at The Cottage Event Center in 2016.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trio taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will also be available.

Tickets for the event are $12 each and may be purchased by phone at 260-483-3508, using PayPal on the venue’s website, cottageeventcenter.com or at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.