“Something To Talk About at The Replay Lounge” Takes Stage This Weekend

Tickets are on sale for the Marshall County Arts Cooperative’s eleventh annual musical revue fundraiser, “Something To Talk About at The Replay Lounge,” 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, at the American Legion Post 163, Marysville.

Cathy Lindquist, Marysville, has already purchased her tickets for the performance.

“We come every year because it is two hours of pure enjoyment,” Lindquist said. “My husband and I have been to shows in Branson that cost $50, but they aren’t near as good. Plus, I love supporting the arts because they always give back.”

Lindquist and her husband, Gary, are known to attend both performances. “This is the best bang for your buck around,” she said.

Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, CJ Express East and West, Marysville; Elsie Grace’s Gift Shop and Fudge Factory, Frankfort; and the Weaver Hotel, Waterville. Tickets at the door are $15.

A seven-member musical ensemble performs twenty-four songs in the two-act revue. Pat Breeding, Brian Cook, Mandy Cook, Brian Fragel, Wayne Kruse, Rachel Massoth, and Julie Popejoy are members of the ensemble.

Throughout the show special guests join the singers. Ashley Kracht sings “More Than Words,” a song made popular by Extreme in 1990, with Mandy Cook and Rachel Massoth. The first act ends with a gospel solo by Lynette Steele-Coon who belts out, “Operator,” a song performed by The Manhattan Transfer.

Jeff Bartels, Dustin Heuer, Micah Kee, Michael Sanchez, Jr., Brady Trimble and Adam Turner sing a twist on “Yakety Yak,” originated by The Coasters.

A nine-member band backs up the ensemble. Band members include Jerry Horton and Carter Popejoy, guitars; Mark Lattner, bass; Tobias Wood, trumpet; John Banister, trombone; Meg Baker and Jamie Minneman, saxophones; and Andrew Crownover, percussion. Cindy Voet, musical director, plays the keyboard.

Several band members will step out of the orchestra pit to share their vocal skills. Carter Popejoy croons the Bruno Mars tune, “Talking to the Moon,” and Mark Lattner sings the humorous Allan Sherman song, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”

The revue is the signature fundraiser for the arts cooperative who brings professional artists to the county throughout the year.

“The annual fundraiser should not be missed,” said Hannah Malotte, a board member for the cooperative. “Excellent musicians come together to present thoughtful entertainment sure to provoke toe-tapping and smiles. Bottom line: it’s a good time.”

At this year’s fundraiser every board member is involved in an aspect of the show; some are singing, some are playing in the band, and some are providing commentary between songs.

Board members are Tami Antoine, Michele Beaman, Abby Dettke, Wayne Kruse, Deb Landoll, Madison Lynch, Hannah Malotte, Rachel Massoth, Sally Oliver, Michael Sanchez, Jr., Angela Schmale, Sonja Stoll, and Brady Trimble.

Sally Oliver, another board member, believes it is important to garner community support. Attending the fundraiser is a way for people to enjoy a quality performance and show support for the cooperative. “I had attended and enjoyed many MCAC sponsored events,” she said. “When asked to join the board I was humbled. It is amazing to work with this group of people to bring this level of entertainment and education of the arts to our county.”

The cooperative uses the money raised to bring professional artists to the county to work with students and perform for area residents. Presidio Brass, Chardon Polka Band, Theatreworks USA, New York Chinese Cultural Center, and Cantus are some of the professional groups part of the cooperative’s 2018 season of artists.

For more information about the event people may visit the group’s website at marshallcountyarts.org.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.