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Comedy and music feature to be held on May 20

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016

Hilarious sketches and routines from the Golden Age of Comedy will be live onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center Friday, May 20. The show, called “It’s A Wonderful Laugh,” stars funnymen Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg, along with singer-comedienne Vickie Kibellus. Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

The show will recreate the madcap humor of the Vaudeville era in American comedy, typified by the classic “Who’s on First” made famous by Abbott & Costello. In addition to comedy there will be musical numbers such as “Bali Hai” from South Pacific and “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music (Kibellus) and “Trouble” from The Music Man (Bower).

Larry Bower is co-founder of Bower North Productions as well as being active in area theatrical productions. He is also a veteran of the Fort Wayne area broadcasting scene. Bower worked many years at WKJG TV where his duties included numerous stints at the local emcee for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA telethon. He is currently news director for WBCL FM radio.

Scott Nedberg has performed in several of Bower North’s audience-participation mysteries as well as in other community theater productions at venues including Warren’s Pulse Opera House. Nedberg is pastor of Warren United Church of Christ.

Vickie Kibellus is a graduate of Huntington College with a degree in English. Her professional credits include several starring turns at Bearcreek Farms, where she worked with popular burlesque comic Buddy Graf. She frequently performs with the Wells Community Theater and also does a solo portrayal of Gene Stratton Porter. Kibellus also sings with vocal group the Musiclectics and performs with the ‘40s style stage production “Moonglow 1942,” which re-creates the days of old time radio.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trio taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Food provided by 1024 Catering of Huntington will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets for the event are $10 each and may be purchased using PayPal on the venue’s website, or by phone at (260) 483-3508.