Cast members in the upcoming Central Prairie Red Cross fundraiser, “Classic TV Memories include, above, front row, from left, Diane Clayton, Pam Hegg, Administrative Assistant of Central Prairie Red Cross, and Charlotte Henley; and in back, Joe Daniel, Mike Juelfs, Ben Chase, 10-year-old Nathaniel Lyon, and Mike Lyon, director. Shown in the next photo are cast members, front row, from left, Julie Wallenstein, Jessica Hotchkiss and Becca Langbehn; and in back, Michelle Hotchkiss. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN And in the next photo, members of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” include, from left, Dakota York, Brent York, Mark Rounds, Mike Kasa and Dennis Kasperson. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Television has been an icon of American entertainment since the first black and white images flickered on the screen, and everything from the earliest sitcoms to today’s most popular reality show will be featured in “Classic TV Moments,” the Central Prairie Red Cross’ annual dinner theater planned Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at the Plains.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The show is under the direction of Mike Lyon, and musical director is Brent York.
“We’re going to keep what we’re doing under wraps,” Lyon said. “We want people to be surprised and excited.
“And, we will have commercials — but you can’t fast-forward,” he added, laughing.
People are encouraged to dress up as their favorite TV character for the TV Character Costume Contest — and prizes will be awarded for the top three outfits. There will be judges walking through the event and winners will be announced at the event.
There will be a silent auction each evening with winners announced at the end of the evening — it will feature some autographed memorabilia and some items As Seen On TV.
The menu both evenings will consist of turkey and all the trimmings.
“As we’re putting this show together I believe all age groups will be happy with what we’re doing, from young kids to senior citizens,” Lyon said.
“This is the largest cast we’ve had and they’ve put a lot of time into it,” he said. “The cast we have is wonderful and they’re ready to entertain you, including the band. We have some of the best musicians in town for this; we can’t wait for Friday night.”
The band, dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” as a nod to the David Letterman show, includes Dakota York, Brent York, Mark Rounds, Mike Kasa and Dennis Kasperson.
Cast members are Ben Chase, Diane Clayton, Joe Daniel, Charlotte Henley, Jessica Hotchkiss, Michelle Hotchkiss, Mike Kasa, Dennis Kasperson, Becca Langbehn, Michelle Lyon, Nate Lyon, Mark Rounds, Mike Juelfs, Julie Wallenstein, Brent York and Dakota York.
Tickets are available at American Bank & Trust, Donut Shoppe, Dakotaland FCU, Java Hut and the Red Cross office, 2375 Dakota Ave. S., next to Loopy’s.
Lyon said he has been involved with the annual fundraiser for the Red Cross for several years and has been directing for the past three years. What keeps him involved?
“It’s for a good cause, and I just love being with the people I work with,” Lyon said. “We have some very talented people that are giving their time for a wonderful organization.
“We all want to show our appreciation to the board, to all the volunteers and the first responders, they are all an amazing group of people,” he added. “We are very lucky to have them in our community.”
Lyon said one challenging aspect has been condensing material they’re using to include a variety of TV memories in the program. “Your basic TV comedy is 30 minutes long, and we have to condense it into five minutes,” Lyon said. “You have to do some heavy-duty editing.”
Along with the costume contest, the audience will also have an opportunity to win prizes by taking part in a couple of game shows that will be included in the skits.
“It’s very family-oriented,” said Lyon, whose youngest son, Nathaniel, is in the cast, along with Brent York’s son, Dakota, and Michelle Hotchkiss’ daughter, Jessica.
“Plus, we’re allowed to improv — some of the greatest moments are when you make mistakes or a fellow actor would make another one laugh,” Lyon said. “I’m sure that will happen this weekend.”
All funds raised will be matched by Modern Woodmen. Funds raised will help support Red Cross services and to outfit its newly acquired Disaster Trailer, purchased following two years of fundraising and local donations.
“We now have the trailer and need to raise funds to stock it with the supplies that we will need to be Red Cross Ready within our seven-county area said Pam Hegg, Administrative Assistant for Central Prairie Red Cross. They serve Hyde, Hand, Buffalo, Lyman, Beadle, Jerauld and Spink counties.
Among items needed for the trailer are a generator, foldable cots, two-way radios, blankets, totes, folding chairs, lap top computer, power strips and extension cords, as well as general comfort kits. Some items will be needed for winter and summer survival kits.
Hegg said some funds would also be used to help disaster volunteers take advanced training courses this spring.
Local Red Cross volunteers have responded to 12 fires this past year and helped 36-plus individuals with emergency food, shelter and clothing.
The average cost to help a family with emergency food, clothing and shelter is between $1,000 to $1,500.
Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions.
People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission.
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.
The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers like fire fighters and police, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps them access other available resources.
“The Classic TV Moments should be great,” Hegg said. “Mike Lyon has done a great job of putting some classic musical and skits together for the evening. Come enjoy some classic TV moments and support the disaster relief efforts of the local Red Cross!”For the complete article see the 04-21-2013 issue.
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