Waikem Subaru Sales Manager Bob Russell will again direct the Massillon Lions Club’s annual show. This year’s show is called State Fair, and it takes place at the Lions Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 28, 29, and 30, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 4, 5 and 6.
The Lions Club show is one of many ways Russell gives back to the community.The Massillon Lions Club show benefits Lions Club efforts on behalf of sight and hearing conservation as well as community projects. This is an opportunity to be entertained, to encourage civic spirited people and to support the charitable work of the local Lions Club.
VIDEO: Bob Russell Talks about the Lincoln Lions Club show
Russell has been a member of the Massillon Lions Club for 24 years. He has written, directed, produced and completed set design on the past four shows. Bob says he starts planning the show in July, and spends about 8 months overall working on the big show.
This year’s scenario features Lion Glenn Dumoulin as a record label talent scout Star Hunter, who travels state fairs across the country searching for the next top recording star. The show will feature the Fair Patrons who try to impress Mr. Hunter with their talent singing music such as “Popular” performed by Kathy Roher, “A Wonderful Day Like Today” sung by John Starrett, “You Make me Feel So Young” by Lion Tim Ringley, “Drivin’ my Life Away” by Lion Ken Eberhart, “As if We Never Said Goodbye” by newcomer Marienel Aguinaldo and “Beautiful Sunday” by Lion Rudy Turkal. The Lions Dancers will interpret “Footloose” and the Beeftrust will surely close the first act with laughter.
The chorus will sing popular hits such as “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, Take me to the Fair” and “Carnival Time.” Kathryn Newsome will eventually win over Star Hunter singing “Over the Rainbow” and the Lions Quartet will sing “Gonna have a Party” to close the second half of the show.
Between tunes, in the first part, humorous short skits tell stories of the Fair patrons. During part two, funny men—Lion Tim Ringley, Lion Ken Giltz, Lion Rudy Turkal, Lion Kenny Eberhart, and Lion Jim Barkan—launch jokes at each other across the stage.
Tickets are available for all six performances:
- Friday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. ($9)
- Saturday, March 29, 8:00 p.m. ($10)
- Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. ($8)
- Friday, April 4, 8:00 p.m. ($9)
- Saturday, April 5, 8:00 p.m. ($10)
- Sunday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. ($8)
Tickets may be purchased at:
- Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce office (137 Lincoln Way East)
- The Independent (50 North Avenue, N.E.)
- Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
- Bill Lindsey’s Sweeper Mart (1016 State Street, N.E.)
- Flowers by Pat (3214 Lincoln Way East in Perry Heights)
- Emmert’s Market (1107 South Erie Street)
- Massillon School Employees Credit Union (46 Federal Avenue, N.W.)
- Fat Boy Tools (641 Lincoln Way West)
All Lions Club members have tickets for sale, and tickets may be purchased at the door, subject to availability.
Presented on the stage of Massillon’s restored 1915-vintage Lions Lincoln Theatre at 156 Lincoln Way East in the heart of downtown, the show benefits Lions Club efforts on behalf of sight and hearing conservation as well as community projects. This is an opportunity to be entertained, to encourage civic-spirited people, and to support the charitable work of the local Lions Club.