MONROE, Wis. — For a 15th consecutive year, the Monroe Arts Center (MAC) will present MAC Radio Live-Showcase of Talent.
This annual event gives area performers a chance to showcase their talents in an evening of lively, family-oriented entertainment. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, Wis.
Co-directed by Nadine Whiteman and Peggy Miller Sheffer, and hosted by Ron Spielman, MAC Radio Live is presented in the same style of a live radio variety show, complete with commercial jingles, a house band, performer interviews and the live broadcast of Saturday night’s performance on Big Radio.
“I am proud to be part of this rich tradition as we continue to highlight the amazing talent of people in our corner of the world,” Whiteman said. “The studio and radio audiences will enjoy an evening of entertainment that will warm the heart, inspire the mind and keep the toes a tappin’.”
Returning as the MAC Radio Live house band are Betty and the Bee Stings, featuring Musical Director Peggy Miller Sheffer on keyboards. Rounding out the “Stings” are Craig Tuttle on guitar, Tom Salamone on drums and Joe Steil on bass. The band will lend live accompaniment to many of the acts, which adds to the mood of a live radio show.
More than 25 acts will include a variety of vocalists with songs both comical and serious, instrumentalists and a few surprises, along with pre-show entertainment.
“I’m delighted to again be a part of this event,” noted host, Ron Spielman. “On stage, I am inspired and energized by the exceptional talented performers who fill an evening with music, fun, joy and laughter. Showcase audiences often leave the PAC in awe of the talent shared by a neighbor, friend or co-worker.”
A diverse group of performers ranging in ages from 8 to 87 years will be a part of this event. The scheduled performers for the 2013 MAC Radio Live are Jean Adler, Cortney Alber, Chris Antos, George Baker, Dan Baldwin, John Baumann, Hans Bernet, Roy Berrey, Mary Berryhill, Cindy Blanc, Don Bradley, George Breadon, Jackie Ceithamer, Liz Dagel, Bobbie Edler, Haylee Espinoza, Hugo Espinoza, Natalie Faith, Matt Finkenbinder, Ken Frerichs, Shawn Frohmader Espinoza, Cammi Ganshert, Anna Garry, Al Goepfert, Lori Grinnell, John Hartman, Kristen Hendrickson, Dave Hermanson, Ron Hermanson, Ethan Horton, Riley Horton, Laura Jacobson, Sam Jiang, Ron Johnson, Carl Keltner, Kurt Kline, Madeline Knutson, Breanna Lambert, Jill Leuzinger, Sharisey Lee Ling, Lester Mann, Clyde Martin, Dan Mellen, Ardy Michaels, John Mitchell, Jennifer Neuenschwander, Sheri Novak, Gary Partridge, John Pollow, Chris Sachs, Lara Salyer Smith, Mike Schmerse, Bob Schulz, Dick Serverson, Terry Shaker, Andrea Skalmoski, Laura Skattum, Snuffy Smith, Tashona Smith, Mary Soddy, George St. Ores, Alexa Thomann, Deb Thompson, Shelly Trupke, Dyanna Turnell, Bob Vanderhyden, Mel Vehmeier, Gaylord Voegeli, John Waelti, Ashley Wegmueller, Jim Werkheiser, Jon Werkheiser, Troy Whiteman, Olivia Wiegel, Rich Woolworth, Collette Wyttenbach and Erica Zentner.
A total of 17 are cities are represented by the cast. Those cities are: Argyle, Blanchardville, Brodhead, Juda, Madison, Monroe, Monticello, Oconomowoc, Oregon and South Wayne, Wis.; as well as from Freeport, Galena, Lena, Milledgeville, Pearl City, Shannon and Stockton, Ill.
As a not-for-profit organization, the MAC is supported, in part, by granting agencies as well as donations from individuals and businesses. The revenue from this event helps to support the ongoing operations of the MAC. Live performances, gallery exhibits and educational outreach for both students and senior citizens are part of the many activities provided by MAC.
General admission tickets for MAC Radio Live may be purchased at the MAC box office at 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., or online at www.monroeartscenter.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information, contact the MAC at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249.
From the Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013, issue