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October 26, 2013

Oneonta Theatre fundraiser to harness local talent

The Oneonta Theatre will be showcasing local talent at 2 p.m. Sunday with what it’s calling a fundraiser-extravaganza, “OnStage: A Community Celebration.”

The event, put on by the “Friends of The Oneonta Theatre” or FOTOT, will feature many of the area’s arts organizations. 

Too Many Divas, made up of five local women, will be performing hits from the 1940s 

to the ‘70s, with selections from such artists as The Andrews Sisters, The Chiffons, The Cordettes, The Maguire Sisters, Leslie Gore, Mary Wells, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, The Manhattan Transfer and Billy Joel.

Party of Two will also be performing. This musical group, consisting of vocalist D.J. Potter and pianist Joann Chmielowski, will perform a wide variety of tunes, crossing genres and generations. 

Elite Dance Academy and Jillian’s Dance Arts, two of Oneonta’s dance studios, will be 

performing, as will Rebecca Byam’s “Tacones Calientes” flamenco dancers. 

Damhsa Beatha, an Irish step dancing group, will also take the stage, as will B3 Belly Dance and the Orpheus Theatre KATS Youth Performance Group.

The audience will also see Chee Chee the Clown, karate demonstrations and more.

The Oneonta Theatre has existed since 1897. The venue features local artists and cover bands, as well as such prominent performers as Dark Star Orchestra,

Aaron Carter and Josh Ritter. The venue hosts many different events, including theatrical performances, such as “The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” performed by the Glimmer Globe Theatre Company on Nov. 15 and 16.

Tickets for Sunday’s event are $5 and are available at the The Green Toad Bookstore, The Eighth Note Music Store, and also at the box office on the performance day.

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