by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
The annual Rogers Revue talent show will have many of the old favorites and new twists in its fourth edition Friday, April 13, at Word of Peace Lutheran Church.
“We’ve got seven new acts,” said Harold Trombley, organizer and master of ceremonies. “We will have an eight-piece accordion band that my neighbor is in. We’ll have a flute choir. As usual we’ll have a lot of soloists.”
Seventeen acts will be included in the non-competition, two-hour show beginning 7 p.m. Friday.
A fundraiser for senior citizens’ activities, the Rogers Revue has been well-received its first three years. The paid attendance of 280 last year was the most it’s had.
Trombley got the Revue going in 2009 by “advertising heavily” for local/area acts, and with considerable help from Michael Sahlin, music director of Word of Peace, who knows many musical people and has been one of the performers himself. It went well enough to continue each year.
Entertainers ranging from children to retired have come forth. Most are musical but there’s also been some dance and comedy in the past.
Performers this year will be the Quarter to Three Band (Johnny Cash-style country by a group that normally just gets together to jam); solo singers Brianna Schulzetenberg, Barbara Gruy, Kate Tripoli, Judy Klein and Mary Klein; vocal duet Michael Sahlen and John Langdok; pianists Logan and Owen Sabinash; guitarist Ashley Wiger; a sax and piano trio of Keith, Erik and Alison Saxton; guitar/flute duet Eric and Kristina Trombley; the 13-piece Rogers Flute Choir directed by Dawn Saxton; the Bell Choir directed by Sahlen; and Edie Vavrichek and the Accordion Band.
A salute to veterans and their families is also on the program.