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Kiwanis readies for San-Cap Revue on March 28

By Staff | Mar 13, 2009

It’s back.

It’s that time of the year again when performers small and tall, young and older come together to share their talents with the community for the good of local charities.

Songsters, including the Sanibel Chorus and more than a dozen other performers will be putting on acts at the 9th Annual Kiwanis San-Cap Revue.

The event is considered to be a popular island family event drawing an audience of more than 400 last year.

“It sells out every year,” said Lee Derleth, producer for the San-Cap Revue.

Performers plying their talents get to pick charities of their choice for proceeds of the show to be donated, Derleth said.

The San-Cap Revue is set to run in Schein Hall at BIG ARTS on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per adult. Children under 10 are free with an accompanying adult.

Derleth said the Kiwanis is working to fill the slightly more than 400 seats again this year and raise $4,000. Out of these proceeds, performers charity choices will receive money.

Talent this year will include the returning Frank Lynch who will be singing funny songs, student performers from the middle school, the Sanibel Chorus and Don Brown, a nearly lifelong practicing magician.

The performers ages and talents are diverse.

“They come from a wealth of past experiences,” Derleth said.

For the more experiences performers, the San-Cap Revue is a chance to practice often well-honed skills and talents.

Don Brown will be performing a magic act during the show.

Among other tricks he will making bird cages vanish. For one act he is requesting that a young, “cute and charming” girl be available in the front of the audience to complete a rope trick. Anyone interested can contact Brown at donaldleebrown@embarqmail.com.

Audience participation is key to Brown who started performing at the age of 11. Now at 80 he loves getting the opportunity to amaze audiences with his magic skills.

“I am going to do a good act for them,” Brown said.

And for The Sanibel School music director Joe Angelo, the chance to get his performing students some live experience on the stage is invaluable.

“It’s one of the things that is the highlight of the year for us,” he said. “They learn so much from the real life performance. It builds confidence. It gives them a chance to perform in front of the public.”

This year the school’s steel drum band will be doing a pre-performance before the Revue at 7:15 p.m. and the performing arts students will be performing selections from the Willy Wonka Factory.

And in case anyone had any doubts about whether or not the show is suitable for the entire family – Derleth said all of the acts will be clean and G rated.

“It’s a fun evening,” he said. “It’s family oriented.”