Hometown Holiday returns for 8th year

Hometown Holiday returns for 8th year


Great comedy, terrific music and poignant stories are once again center stage in J.R. Sullivan’s 8th Annual Hometown Holiday. Charlotte’s Web is pleased to present this returning favorite to usher in the festive season.

The popular show takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street.

The program features J.R. Sullivan, founder and former artistic director of New American Theater, jazz violinist Randy Sabien, the hilarious cabaret artist Carolynne Warren, and the newcomer to the group, jazz pianist, Shawn Wallace.

Billed as an old-fashioned variety show with a holiday flair, this year’s performances will be a mix of old favorites and new surprises. Now a freelance director in New York City, Jim Sullivan has seen much success and great reviews directing in theaters from Chicago and Milwaukee to New York City, Washington, D.C. and the renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Randy Sabien, a frequent guest on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, is an extraordinary musician who is equally adept on mandolin, guitar, piano and violin. Named 1995 Cabaret Artist of the Year by Gay Chicago magazine, Carolynne Warren is now based in Los Angeles and is continuing her cabaret career and acting in films. Working with such diverse organizations as Chicago’s Live Bait Theater and the Chicago Park District, Shawn Wallace has also been a choral director, musical director and is in much demand as a soloist.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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