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Cottage Event Center to host comedy, musical

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018

Hilarious routines from the Golden Age of Comedy will be recreated onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Friday, February 9 starring funnymen Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg. Also performing will be the nine member musical ensemble Musiclectics, who present a variety of styles including Show Tunes, Oldies, Country and Gospel. Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Bower & Nedberg pay tribute to the madcap humor of the Vaudeville era, typified by the classic “Who’s on First” routine made famous by Abbott & Costello.

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 along with other community theater productions at venues including Warren’s Pulse Opera House. Nedberg is pastor of Warren United Church of Christ.

Musiclectics formed in 2015 with members hailing from Markle, Warren, Decatur, Craigville, Poneta and Bluffton. Their lineup includes Vickie Kibellus, Damon Smith, Otto Lowe, Kurt Alspaugh, Jan and Clay Smith, Tabitha Schwyn, and Chelsea Smith. Carla Alspaugh accompanies the group on piano. Vickie Kibellus is the former star of numerous productions at Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, Indiana; she starred with Bower and Nedberg in the Vaudeville themed show It’s A Wonderful Laugh at The Cottage Event Center in 2016.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trio taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will also be available.

Tickets for the event are $12 each and may be purchased by phone at (260) 483-3508, using PayPal on the venue’s website, www.cottageeventcenter.com, or at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.

Shown in the photos above at top left is Larry Bower and bottom left, Scott Nedberg. The photo at right is the Musiclectics. Front row, left to right are Curt Alspaugh, Chelsea Smith, Otto Lowe, Damon Smith, Clay Smith, Vickie Kibellus and Jan Smith. Not shown are Carla Alspaugh and Tabitha Schwyn.