A live theatrical show with the intention of raising funds for area residents undergoing medical treatment opened at The Spire Theater of Jamestown Friday night.
"New York, New York!," a Shannon's Kids Series production in conjunction with Big Time Productions, wowed Friday evening's audience with glitz, glamour and gorgeous showgirls. The show, which is produced by Shannon Nixon, will continue tonight at 8 p.m. at the Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
According to Nixon, the opening night went quite well and gave the actors an opportunity to iron out any kinks before tonight's performance. "I'm very satisfied," said Nixon. "I'm grateful for everyone who participated in this endeavor."
"New York, New York!" is an original production written by Nixon and directed by Cathy Covarrubias. Nixon based much of the material in the script specifically on the characters in the show. The actors include: Nixon, Ylsa Giuffre, Kira Spencer, Matt Warren, Kenzie Sandberg, Jamie Lee and Logan Beard. The show also featured Chautauqua's Got Talent finalist Corey Osbourne performing "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble.
The show split the stage in two, creating an experience that gave the audience a look into what was occurring both on the stage and behind the scenes. Much of the show was satirical in nature and generated a host of laughs throughout.
"It was wonderful to see the way we bonded," said Nixon. "The chemistry just took off so we were able to do a lot of comedy that really does mock who we are. It showcases us behind the stage. It had a vaudeville feeling, but it was really just us behind the theme."
Above, actors of Shannon’s Kids Series production of “New York, New York!” are shown performing. From left are Jamie Lee, Corey Osbourne, Kira Spencer, Logan Beard, Shannon Nixon, Matt Warren, Ylsa Giuffre and Kenzie Sandberg.
P-J photo by Dusten Rader
The show featured two acts and about 15 musical numbers, some of which included: "Class," "I Put A Spell On You," "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," "Georgia On My Mind," and "Hey Big Spender."
"Everyone did wonderfully," said Nixon. "I knew from the get-go that everyone was a professional singer, and therefore a professional entertainer."
Benefiting from the performance and basket auction held during the show are Rosie Thrasher-Miller, a 4-year-old in need of a kidney transplant; and Elisha Kulpa, of Dunkirk, a 26-year-old in need of a double lung transplant. The beneficiaries will be in attendance for tonight's performance.
"We'll probably introduce them on stage," said Nixon.
According to Nixon, people should come out to tonight's show because she doesn't think area residents could quite find anything as humiliating, but also amusing at the same time.
"It's also for a great cause that helps girls in need," said Nixon.
Tickets to the event are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Presale tickets are available at Wing City Grille, Herbs R-4-U, Dorian's Plus, Jones 212 Bakery, Bair's Pizza and by calling 708-8879.
For more information visit shannonskids.org or search for "Shannon's Kids Series" on Facebook.