Vaudeville lives again
|By Mary C. Cusack|
Lil’ Darlins show pays tribute to days gone by
There may not be dancing bears or a bearded lady, but the Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville Show — coming soon to a community center near you — will have comic skits, feats of strength, and the Fabulous Heftones. And that’s just a wee taste of the total show.
Organizers Ben and Katie Corr are humble but passionate about their current project: to bring a modern-day vaudeville show to the Lansing area. The April 2 show at the Hannah Community Center is the third they’ve organized in the last year. It’s a labor of love for the couple who split the organizational work, with Katie as director and Ben as artistic director.
The show is anchored by Lansing’s Vaudeville Troupe, which consists of the Corrs and three other local musicians and friends: Laura Bates, Kristina Bush and Paul Rich. The troupe will perform skits and songs throughout the show, interspersed with magicians, a strong man, a contortionist and a hula-hoop girl, among others. The show also features a live pit band, the Heartland Klezmorim.
Just how does one go about finding sideshow acts? “A lot of luck,” Katie Corr says. “The Internet — Google is awesome.”
They found their strongman in St. Johns, for instance, and also booked the Knotty Bits sideshow group, known for their appearances at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
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Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville Show
8 p.m. Friday, April 2