Old Time Vaudeville Show Was A Huge Success

By on March 2, 2013

The Old Time Vaudeville Variety show held at the Fort Langley Community Hall last Saturday was a major success for the organizers from the Langley Centennial Museum.

Peter Tulumello – Cultural Services Manager said ” We sold out the performance a few days before this event and could have sold at least fifty more tickets” The event which included a number of acts was hosted by a local emcee Douglas Fraser. “Douglas was fabulous” Tulumello stated “he entertained the crowd with wit and charm as he introduced other acts and then performed with his own group – The Genuine Jug Band” Fraser is a proclaimed Musicologist with great knowledge of musical and entertainment history, having come from a long line of performers.

Fraser wasn’t the only one with a connection to the past as Susie Francis and the Versatiles took the stage that evening to perform three routines. Francis is the daughter of Fran Dowie a famed TV Puppeteer, who got his start in Vaudeville at the age of 12 on the stage of the Vancouver Orpheum theatre.

Other performers who took to the stage at the museum event were: Don Alder – UK Guitar Idol 2010; Rickey Mann – Accordionist Extraordinaire; Neale Bacon – A world-class Ventriloquist; Jammin’ Jamaican Juggler – Matt Levy; Magician Reg Donnelly; and Mixed Company – A barbershop quartet.

“There was plenty of laughter and applause at our event” stated Tulumello “and many in the audience asked . . . when will the Museum do this again?” Tulumello also mentioned that one of the exit survey responders, who indicated they were from Japan, requested that the group should come to Japan to perform. Tulumello stated “Going out on the road with this talented group of performers would be a fun idea, but taking them to Japan is just pie in the sky . . . I am positive I won’t get approval for that cultural exchange and junket to Asia”

Pictured: Reg Donnelly – performing the multiplying bottle trick – Photo Credit Jenevieve Chenatte

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