BRISTOL - The opportunity to see friends, family and neighbors sing and dance on stage has arrived again at this year’s 76th Annual OM Show.
“It’s a local variety show that puts the emphasis on participation by local residents and children, especially the kids. Since it’s been around for 76 years, it’s been a staple for Bristol,” said Paul Delmonte, treasurer of the Older Members Association and member of 25 years. “It’s almost like a mini Broadway type show.”
The cast showcases song and dance numbers by an adult chorus, children’s chorus, teen chorus, and local dance studios and several solo and duet numbers.
This year the theme is “No Place Like Home,” emphasizing family and the community. In previous years, children and adults performed by themselves. Now the skits will include both adults and children together.
The theme was chosen because it is family-oriented and most people involved are from Bristol, which is their home. The director, Michael Morgan, was also a fan of the Wizard of Oz, with the famous line “There’s no place like home.”
With multiple generation families involved in the show, many performers that participated as kids now have children of their own in the show.
“The show is a way for them to reveal their talent, get out of their comfort zone, learn new things and just have fun,” Don Coombs, the show chairman, said.
“Seeing the kids participate in the show, seeing the smiles on their faces when they are behind-the-scenes waiting to go on stage, you can see the excitement in their faces and the cheers from the audience when they go backstage is priceless,” Delmonte said.
Beyond the camaraderie that preparing the show creates, Coombs enjoys being part of the OM skit and surprising the audience and cast with what they do. The older members have pieces in the show that no one is privy to until it is performed at the show itself.
The event is organized to fundraise for the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol.
There will be three shows on April 21, at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave.
Tickets cost $20 for general seating, $15 for adult seating (over 12) and $10 for child seating (12 and under).
For more information, visit oldermembers.com.