115 performers to take the stage in OM Show

Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:56
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – The 77th Annual OM Show will capture the magic of Disney this Friday and Saturday at St. Paul Catholic High School.

The show, which is the longest running variety show of its kind in the country, will feature 115 performers ranging from 5 to more than 60 years old. It is the Older Members Association’s largest fundraiser of the year for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.

“We’ve opened the Disney vault and pulled out a lot of great music ranging from the ‘50s TV show to what you’d see on the Disney Channel today as well as music from the animated and live action films,” said Allen Stone of the Older Members Association. “Our first act will open with a medley of music from Aladdin and our second act will open with a medley from Moana. Our kids will also sing “It’s a Small World” and songs from Mary Poppins.”

Stone said that the OM Show is a highly anticipated city tradition that people look forward to every year.

“People grew up with it and nobody wants to see it go away,” said Stone. “My mother, Shirley Stone, performed in the OM Show in 1958 as a senior in high school and brought me in when I was four years old in 1969. It was a family tradition for me through my college years. It’s a great evening of entertainment and this year we will have a lot of performers from the younger generation.”

Stone directed the OM Show in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was the show chair in 2014 and 2015 and he was president in 2016 and 2017. Now the artistic director, he said that the show will feature “absolutely breathtaking” set pieces.

“People have been wondering where we bought or rented them from, but we build our set pieces every year off-site,” he said.

Stone encouraged people to come down and see how everything that the OMs have been working on since last May has come together.

“This show is a little like my baby,” said Stone. “I watched it grow and now I get to see it go out on its own. It is going to be visually stunning with costumes and bright colors, solo numbers and duets. Our cast has put in a ton of work preparing for this and I hope that you enjoy it.”

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission. Tickets are available at the front desk of the Bristol Boys and Girls Club Family Center at 255 West St. or can be purchased online at tututix.com.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: The 77th Annual OM Show: Wish Upon A Star

WHERE: St. Paul Catholic High School at 1001 Stafford Ave.

WHEN: The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHY: Proceeds benefit the Bristol Boys & Girls Club

COST: Tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission. Tickets are available at the front desk of the Bristol Boys and Girls Club Family Center at 255 West St. or can be purchased online at tututix.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:56. Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:59.