Evening of vaudeville set at Forks


Morgan Nightingale, Preston Shafer and Andrea Broxon (from left) rehearse for the vaudeville show at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park. Two shows will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Photo provided.

An old-time vaudeville show is on tap Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Shows are set for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with tickets available at the door.

The community variety show, directed by Ruth Reed and Rhonda Landrum, showcases performers ranging from 6 to 93 years old.

Gib Young, appearing in the character of Mark Twain, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Local resident Dylan Wilson, a recent guest star on the television show "America's Got Talent," will make a special appearance at the Forks with his hip-hop dance moves.

Michael Winans and Kristen Goebbert will present a juggling act that includes several tandem juggling tricks.

Josh White and Becca Shenefield will perform a skit titled "The Hershey Kiss."

Preston Shafer has organized a vocal ensemble featuring students from Huntington University and Huntington North High School.

Ron and Carol Burns, of Roanoke, will present an original gospel composition, and Ron Burns will appear later in the show as Elvis Presley.

Bruce and Marti Evans will demonstrate their comedic talents in a skit titled "I'm Herbert," while their son, Drew, will tickle the ivories between scenes.

Brandon Riggle will present a magic act, and Centic dancer Toni Thrasher will perform a "Vaudeville Reel."

Janna Fisher, also known as "Sweet Pea" the clown, will present a comedy sketch; Jodi and Sloan DePoy will get the audience involved in their skit; and Jordan Utter will offer a one-minute melodrama.

The Carolettes from Peabody Retirement Community will perform love songs during the evening.

Proceeds from the show will be used for educational programming at the Historic Forks.