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Bringing back the 'Favorites' one more time

April 30, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL -It took just one request to bring a popular musical revue out of retirement for one more big production.

All My Favorites, which features local vocalists and musicians, is doing a benefit concert for the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts.

MAFAC president Carol Purrington said MAFAC has been experiencing some financial difficulties and turned to All My Favorites for some help. Lee Warne, director of AMF, said it's been more than two years since the group has done a full-fledged show.

"We hadn't planned on doing another big show because it's such a lot of work," Warne said. A lot of things go into producing a musical revue such as All My Favorites, which is like putting on a theatrical production, Warne said. It includes the staging, the lights, the outfits, plus putting the music on top of all that.

"That adds to the complexity," Warne said.

Warne said AMF has done a few dance shows for fun before MAFAC approached him about doing one more "big show."

"They asked us to do a show that's a benefit for them," Warne said.

"They've (All My Favorites) always been a great supporter of MAFAC," Purrington said. "They said they'd really like to do that."

Warne said AMF's mission has always been to support the arts, so he didn't mind getting one more show together for a good cause.

"They (MAFAC) bring the concert series in and do so many things for the community," Warne said.

During its years of existence, All My Favorites has given more than $100,000 to arts groups and other organizations.

"We know that they're really popular," Purrington said.

Purrington said MAFAC has strong business sponsorship and membership and a committed board of hard workers doing everything they can, and every little bit helps. She said that proceeds from the concert would go toward MAFAC's general fund.

"We want to continue to do the exhibits, continue the educational programs," Purrington said. "This would be a good help to us."

Warne said the concert on Saturday will be a similar format as in past years' concerts, including tunes that range from theatrical stage songs to ones that are laid-back or have high energy.

"There are some songs we haven't done in 10 years," Warne said. "It's like a brand-new show in many ways."

But there have been a couple of "retirements" in the All My Favorites musicians. For example, Warne said, Erin Engel is taking over for Vaughn Gehle on trumpet.

"Most of the same people are back, so it will be a wide variety of music," Warne said. Vocalists will include Brad Louwagie, Megan Pavot, Jeremiah Gardner, Jill Kontz, Dan Giles, Paula Dovre, Chris Shuckhart and Ann Fritz.



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