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1940's Radio Hour Review by Mary Aalgaard

The 1940's Radio Hour is community theater at its finest up in Pequot Lakes, presented by the GLAPA group. I attended the Sunday afternoon show, which can be more subdued than an evening performance, but it wasn't. It was full of life and energy, beautiful costumes, and interesting scenery. I love it when the band is on stage, as in this show, so that they are part of the effect. They are cast members. Three cheers and a hand massage for the pianist, Renee Anderson. I know how hard you had to work! The music and musicians were phenomenal.

The dancing and choreography were interesting and in a style that fit the talents of a community theater. The younger performers, Cheyenne Syvertson and Cole Barrow kicked up their heels like Bobby and Sissy from "The Lawrence Welk Show." The soloists, the ensembles, the band were all fabulous. Johnny Cantone, played by Dylan Cuffe, reminded me of Michael Buble'.

I would recommend this show to anyone, any age, and with any interest in live performance. This show has it all. Plus, the Pequot Lakes theater is about the most comfortable in the area. They have plush velvet seats, stadium style, not a bad seat in the house, plenty of leg room so you can cross your legs without worrying about kicking the person in front of you in the head. The lighting is great, the sound fantastic, and the sound effects table is fascinating. View my blog www.maryaalgaard.blogspot.com for photos and story on the sound effects and soundmaster C.J. Anderson. Come to the show to see it for yourself. This Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm. You'll be in for a lovely afternoon of sweet entertainment.