Oh oh, looks like Karla (Regional Vice-President of the American Heart Association-Wisconsin Affiliate) is in trouble! Appendicitis? Belly ache? Why the elfish grin, Tom (Tom Bartelme, HAR general co-chair)? And of course, that is a Shirley Temple in Diane's glass (Diane Hansen, HAR general co-chair), right? You decide.
But peeps, I'm warning you, tickets for HAR 2016, From the Cutting Room Floor are going fast. If you haven't gotten yours yet, this little preview might get you rushing out the door......
In what world will you find
, a tiara adorned stress therapist,
displaced seagulls and disgruntled citizens joining forces to inspire,
inform and entertain? On the Lakeshore,
that combination of colorfully obtuse characters can only mean one thing,
Heart-A-Rama, the wacky annual fund-raising event pulsating with volunteer
energy is surely imminent. Ms. Sputnik
From the Cutting Room Floor, hits the stage at the C.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers on April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6, and 7. Heart-a-Rama (HAR) 2016 marks the 46th consecutive year of fund-raising fun for the American Heart Association-Wisconsin Affiliate. Beginning as a two-night event born from the imaginations of a northside Manitowoc neighborhood group dedicated to community service and volunteerism, the group’s current organizational teams are keeping the beat steady and strong. HAR 2015 raised over $91,000, 10% of which remained in
with the rest donated to the AHA-Wisconsin Affiliate. Manitowoc County
Hours of frenzied activity fill the weeks leading up to the show. Casts learn song and dance routines, carpenters and artists wield their respective tools to create sets, props and the iconic “Best Seat in the House” toilet seat to be auctioned each night before the show opens. Well over 200 volunteers step up each year to wait tables, hawk candy, shirts and paper, set and program lights and sound, gather and sew costumes and ready the myriad of components needed to create the high octane infused atmosphere greeting patrons on each of six show nights. “We’re busy now,” commented co-producer/director, Brad Zimmermann, “but what people don’t realize is that within a month of closing HAR 2016, we will be back at work planning and writing next year’s show.”
The show’s early formula of olio acts and old-fashioned melodramas complete with damsels in distress and mustachioed twirling villains has evolved into a classic variety show format. “Recently, we have committed to including an educational skit and a celebratory skit in each show. We also like to experiment a bit each year, and surprise audiences with something a bit outside our norm.” explained co-producer/director,
Sponsors and guest contributors galore – Holy Family Memorial,
Inman’s Jewelers and the Monday Night Quilt Mafia – just to name a few – offer
their support and special talents to the on-going success of this Lakeshore charity/entertainment event.
As always, tickets are going fast but some are still available at the Manitowoc Piggly Wiggly and at Inman’s Jewelers in Two Rivers. Doors open at 6:30. Food is available for purchase before the show courtesy of
and his culinary crew. Fred
Keep up to date on the latest HAR announcement on this site and on the HAr Facebook page.