The spotlight, the applause, the laughs, it all came together this Friday and Saturday for the annual Flora Depot Variety Show.
This year’s show, “It’s the Wrong Show,” was a take off of the famous 1970 Chuck Barris hosted “Gong Show,” and the Depot Show crowd got to see their favorite Gong Show stalwarts as well as their contemporaries.
The point of the Depot Variety Show is to raise funds for the renovation of the Flora Depot, a task that the completion of seemed worlds away at the first Depot Show in 2001, and is now drawing ever closer.
“I’m glad to announce, that after starting nearly 18 years ago, the interior of the Depot is complete,” Said Flora Community Development Secretary Treasurer Jack Thatcher to applause.
Thatcher encouraged the audience to check out the new Depot displays, including the military honors display, a plaque with the names of area railroaders and a display of hobo barn boards, plus more to come. Memorial Day Weekend, the Depot was hosting an open house, which Thatcher asked those present to check out.
As for the show itself, Thatcher not only welcomed the audience, but confirmed that audience participation was not only allowed, but encouraged. All of the crowd’s cheers, jeers, boos, and hoorahs were fair game. If audience members decided to stand up and shake a leg with “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine,” they could do so.
The 2012 Depot Show was written by Beth Cooper and Stacey Earleywine. Earleywine also directed the show. Every person working on the Depot Show, from the cast and crew to those who took tickets at the door, was a volunteer.
The Depot Show’s cast included Robin Atwood as the hostess; Jim Earleywine as Chuck Barris; Penny Luzadder as Andrea Anderson; Doug Mack as confetti-tossing judge Rip Taylor; Berdella McGrew as judge Jaye P. Morgan; Becky Wiley as judge Shari Lewis with Lambchop; Johnathan Smith as the Unknown Comic; Rob Clifton as Mr. Whipple, Beth Cooper as Mrs. Logan; Elizabeth Rice and Emily Burkett as the Helium Honeys; Maleah Cooper as the Little Girl; David Billingsley as David the Mime; Ben VanHyning as Gene Gene the Dancing Machine; Bill Atwood as “Bill” and Almost Elvis; Pat Garrett as Bob; Elijah Luzadder as the Oscar Mayer singer; Promise McGrew as the Countess; as well as Mary Kenley, Jarrod Kohn, Amy Beppler, Beth Cooper, Kris Engelmeier, Stacey Earleywine, Olivia and Emma Luzadder, Jack and Bonnie Thatcher and the Royal Promise Trio.
The Crew included Backstage Director Hayley Kohn, Production Director Terry Igert, Sound by Rodd Engelmeier, Light Board by Cheyenne Potter, Spotlight by Nikki Breeden, PowerPoints by Evan Thackrey, Videography by Rob Boose and Rob West, Program Advertising by Jack and Bonnie Thatcher, Program Design by the Hometown Journal, Program Printing by the Clay County Republican, Ticket Sales by Karen Halsey, Pauline Frost, Ron and Barbara Parks, Ina Ray, Alice Casolari, Janice Hagen and Vicki Campbell, Finance by the Flora Community Development Depot Renovation Board, Makeup by Lucille Anderson, Sonja Garrett and Elizabeth Rice, Ushers, including Lindy and Roberta Hosselton, Don and Rena Thomas, Bob and Shirley Ferguson, Janet Teeler and Susie Teeler, DVD sales by Walter and Sylvia Tidwell, and Edwin and Donna Jones.
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