BRISTOL â€“ The 80th annual OM Show, â€śSeasons of Loveâ€ť will feature performances centered around each month of the year and will be shown at two showings Oct. 9 at St. Paul Catholic High School.
The OM Show is the countryâ€™s longest running variety show. While this yearâ€™s production will be still be â€śvirtualâ€ť like last year, people will be able to view it together at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the school at 1001 Stafford Ave.
â€śWe felt that things were safer this year with vaccines, but we still didnâ€™t want to bring everyone together in a big group in January like we normally do,â€ť said Allen Stone, artistic director. â€śStill, we are very excited for this yearâ€™s show. We think that people have been looking forward to going out and doing things. Watching it this year will be more like going out to see a movie.â€ť
The show will feature several segments pre-filmed at sites throughout Bristol, including the New England Carousel museum.
â€śThis whole covid thing has lasted for over a year now and so we chose to have numbers focusing on each month of the year while staying as positive as possible,â€ť said Stone. â€śFor January, there will be a song about New Yearâ€™s Day, for February there will be a Valentineâ€™s Day number and for March there will be a song about Luck. We have a fabulous number planned for Halloween in October.â€ť
The show features cast of about 40 performers. Stone said that there will be solo numbers, duets and group performances featuring local children, teens and adults.
â€śWe have such a talented group including new performers and people who return year after year,â€ť he said.
Assistant Show Artistic Director Wayne Morgan said that, last year, performers in the OM Show recorded and submitted their own solo performances which were assembled together for the show. This year, numbers were filmed as more formal productions at each site. A green screen set was also utilized for some segments.
â€śWeâ€™ve spent the past four months filming and editing,â€ť he said.
John Mazzone, show chairman, said that it is â€śincredibleâ€ť that the OM Show has reached its 80-year milestone.
â€śThe goal of the OM Keystone Association is to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol,â€ť he said. â€śTo be able to do that for 80 years is such an honor.â€ť
Stone, who has been involved in the show since he was cast at four years old, was also proud to carry on the tradition.
â€śI came into the show through my family,â€ť he said. â€śThe OM Show has features so many talented performers throughout the years, some of whom have gone on to Broadway. Itâ€™s my goal to be able to keep this show alive and have kids continue to fall in love with it as long as I can.â€ť
The OM Keystone Association is grateful to all sponsors who supported this yearâ€™s production. For more information, or to become a sponsor, visit omkeystone.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.