Vaudeville fundraiser returns to Victorian

Vaudeville returns to the Victorian Players Theatre for a two-night run.

The annual event has become the community theater group’s largest annual fundraiser, according to managing director J.E. Ballantyne Jr.

“We don’t really set a monetary goal,” he said. “Of course, we’d like to make more than we did the year before, and so far we’ve been able to do that.”

Last year’s performances netted about $2,000, Ballantyne said, “Which isn’t bad for a two-night show.”

Sam Luptak Jr. came up with the idea for the fundraiser and directs the production.

“He wanted to put together a fun evening of entertainment – some silly, some serious, much like you would have seen in the days of vaudeville,” Ballantyne said. “We’ve been doing it long enough that we’ve got a group of people who are eager to come back every year and do the same thing or try something different, and the audience really seems to enjoy it.”

This year’s production will feature about 16 acts.

WYTV morning show hosts Len Rome and Jim Loboy, who starred in the Victorian Players’ production of “The Odd Couple” that opened the current season, will serve as hosts of the festivities.

“Jim and Len came to mind because of the success we had with ‘The Odd Couple,” and audience members have been asking, ‘When are they coming back,’ so that prompted it.”

“Vaudeville at the Vic” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Victorian Players Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. All tickets are $10. All ticket buyers also will receive a voucher for the Barnes & Noble Book Fair, which will be held in February in conjunction with the theater production of “Finale” by Ira David Wood III.

For reservations or more information, call 330-746-5455.