A cabaret show highlight features World War II music of Irving Berlin.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The Shenango Valley Performing Arts Center will present "Swingin' at the Canteen," a tribute to the nation's service men and women from 1941 to today, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hickory VFW's Normandy Banquet Center.
The program is a fund-raiser for the Performing Arts Council and includes a cabaret show, music by Brass Taxi, swing dancing by Pat Reda professional dancers, and dancing by West Middlesex High School's Sundancers performing to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and The Nightingales and Guys dancing to "Swinging at Basie's Place."
Admission is $25, and participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.
Anyone in uniform will receive a free-drink ticket.
The cabaret show, "The Irving Berlin Radio Hour in 25 Minutes," was written and will be directed by William Clary, former director of Sharon High School theater productions for 22 years and a drama teacher at Sharon for 32 years.
It is a celebration of the men and women of World War II and the freedom for which they fought and features the music of Irving Berlin from 1941 to 1943.
Free swing dance lessons will be offered to the audience by the Pat Reda group.
The admission price includes food and entertainment. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets or additional information, call (724) 981-2678, (724) 981-5325 or (724) 981-2273.
The Performing Arts Council, formed in the early 1970s, is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting an interest in the performing arts.
It helps sponsor the free summer concert series in Buhl Farm in Hermitage and Bicentennial Park in Sharon and runs an annual Young Peoples Arts in Education Program as well as periodic children's arts workshops.