Performance and a party |

Performance and a party

A week and a half before opening night
Jessica Cabe / Post Independent |

The Defiance Community Players is breaking out its greatest hits in its annual fundraiser Saturday night, with more than a dozen performances from past shows.

“I think it will be an emotional night,” said music director Brad Vierheller. “People will be cheering on folks they may have seen in a show 10 years ago.”

Traditionally, the fundraiser has been at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, but this year the Glenwood Center for the Arts is hosting.

“This year we just decided to do something a little different,” said board secretary Alexis Van Vleet. “We’re all about the history. We tried to make almost everything we’re doing from the Defiance catalogue.”

The fundraiser will help cover costs for the fall production, which in turn funds the Ivy Adler performing arts scholarships.

“We want to support the next generation so that maybe someday they can come back to Glenwood and fill our shoes,” Van Vleet said.

The recipients of $5,500 in scholarships will be announced at the event.

The night wraps up with “One Day More” from “Les Miserables,” with audience participation encouraged, but the theater performance is just part of the entertainment. There’s also an extensive silent auction and a chance to learn the secret of the bottle dance.

“It’s kind of informal. It’s not just a sit-down show,” Vierheller said. “We really want to make it a party.”

The fundraiser starts at 7 p.m.. Tickets to the family-friendly event are $25 cash or check at the door or by calling 970-456-5296, refreshments included. Parking is limited and using Yampah Spa’s lot is discouraged, so attendees are encouraged to plan to park in town and walk to the event.

If all goes well, it’s possible that the “best of” format will become the new norm.

“We’ll have to see how it turns out,” Vierheller said.

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