Tickets going fast for VALA variety show

The second-annual VALA variety show, this year entitled “Hollywood North: A Gala of Entertainment and Family Fun,” will take the stage Feb. 11 to raise both literacy awareness and funds for the program.
And with the entertainment all set to go, organizers now are hoping to sell more tickets in the two weeks prior to the performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.
“We’ve sold quite a few tickets. They are really moving now,” VALA co-ordinator Barb Duguay, under the guise of “Babs,” the director of the variety show, said yesterday afternoon.
“It’s really a family show. Everyone will enjoy it,” she added. “I’d get my tickets fast. People are calling here and coming up here. And we picked up quite a bit of money from Betty’s today [Thursday].”
Tickets are available at Betty’s and the VALA office (608 Scott St.) A limited number will be held in reserve to be sold at the door.
Admission is $12 for adults for the matinee performance and $15 for the evening one. Tickets are $8 for children for both shows.
The event will feature the “VALA Follies”—a group of local women who’ve assumed glamorous personae, and learned a few dance routines, for the stage show.
As well, area talent will be impersonating the Village People, B-52s, Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe, Aretha Franklin, Bing Crosby, the “Walkettes,” and many more.
There also will be special appearances by local dance groups, the Fort Frances Sea Cadets’ drill display, and even salsa mambo lessons with Jorge Suarez (although these will cost you $1, which will go to VALA’s literacy programming).
The musical back-up for every act will be provided by local band “North of the Trax” (featuring Romeo Duguay, Geoff Gillon, Myron Hawrylak, and Lance Whalen).
Like last year, a garage sale will be held during intermission. Those attending are asked to bring an item to donate to the sale (no clothes, though). And there will be raffle tickets sold for a quilt, donated by the Cabin Country Quilt Club.
All proceeds will go the VALA learning program. A loonie from every ticket sale will go towards the sponsorship of a new high school scholarship created by VALA.
“The Individual Literacy Achievement Award” will be awarded to a student who has overcome a learning challenge and has plans to further their education in the year following graduation.
Last year’s variety show raised more than $7,000. About 240 people attended the matinee performance while 283 came out for the evening one.