The swinging sounds of the bugle boys and playful antics of Abbott and Costello, George Burns and Gracie Allen grace the stage when Epiphany Dinner Theatre presents “In the Mood.”
The show opens 7 p.m. Nov. 14 with family night in the theater and continues with a dinner and show performance Nov. 15, a 1 p.m. dessert and show Nov. 16, and a 5-10 p.m. gala and live auction complete with dinner theater performance the evening of Nov. 16. (See sidebar for details on tickets and times.)
“Each year I come up with a theme, and put music and script together for that theme. This year is the big band era,” said director Liz Grefsheim. “The music of this era has a lot of tight harmonies so that has been fun as we work together to sing that music.”
According to Grefsheim, a playlist of songs includes “In the Mood,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and many more favorite songs from the big band era.
Dialogue segments from Abbott and Costello and George Burns and Gracie Allen will also be part of the “In the Mood” entertainment.
With large group numbers, as well as solos and duets, the show is sure to entertain, Grefsheim said.
“Another unique thing is that both of our priests will be seen on stage in the show … What a wonderful statement about community,” she said.
On stage for “In the Mood” are volunteer cast members from the Church of the Epiphany – ages 10-80. The crew comprises volunteers who make the sets and do the painting as well as work on the centerpieces and decorations and others who do the sound and lighting.
“It is all a community event,” Grefsheim said.
New this year, the dinner theater performance entertains during the parish’s annual gala and live auction fund-raising event.
“This is exciting for the folks attending the fundraiser, as they also have the opportunity to hear the show as part of their evening of bidding in the silent and live auction and great food prepared by an awarding winning restaurant chef,” Grefsheim said.
“This also allows our community to work together for the good of the church, such an important part of any event held at the church community.”
‘In the Mood’
Epiphany Dinner Theatre presents “In the Mood” at Epiphany Catholic Church, 1900 111th Ave., Coon Rapids.
• Nov. 14 7 p.m. Family night (show only); adults $6, students/seniors $4
• Nov. 15 7 p.m. Dinner and show; adults $30; and students/seniors $27; prime rib or chicken
• Nov. 16 1 p.m. Dessert and show; adults $15; student/seniors $12
• Nov. 16 5-10 p.m. Gala and live auction, dinner and show; adults and seniors $60; chicken, salmon or beef braised brisket prepared by chef from Pazzaluna award-winning restaurant.
Tickets are available anytime at www.epiphanymn.org or daytime at the church’s main office. No tickets will be available at the door.
For more information call 763-755-1020.
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