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By Tracy Thompson
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Memories-the Liberty Theater's 2020 Variety Show onstage March 21-23

Musical numbers from the theater's history sure to recall good times


March 12, 2020

Michael Luce

Clockwise from the top: Willy Wonka (2018). Left: Sean Calvert as Willy Wonka. Front row Ooompa Loompas: Isaac Jaech, Claire Calvert, (hidden) Kayla Kuykendall, Joel Calvert, Nina Jaech, Daniela Souza. Back row: Dawn Spitler, Sagelyn Kilts, Janae Helm, Jordyn Helm, (behind) Ellie Calvert, Alexxys Draper, Johanna Pitcher, Rebecca Smith, Melany Lane, and Heather Linn

Dayton's Liberty Theater and the Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) presents Memories the 2020 Variety Show on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at

This dynamic event will feature musical numbers from 18 of the Theater's previous shows, with performers young and not quite so young, including eight-year-old Kayla Kuykendall and veteran performer Jack McCaw, a spritely 93.

The show this year is being co-directed by Peggy James and her daughter Cara James, with Peggy recreating her character "Queenie" as co-host of the performance, along with Mike Ferrians in the role of Theater Manager.

Peggy James noted that daughter Cara is taking the lead as director. "She is very energetic, she probably has got more musical and dance talent than I do, and she has played the piano and is very motivated."

Long-time piano accompanist Jim Thorn returns as he has for all of the previous variety shows. Costume designer Mary Luce is once again fashioning the costumes from previous shows, and Peggy notes, "She is very exact and very authentic, she likes things to be of the era and she has a beautiful, beautiful wardrobe of costumes."

Michael Luce

Fiddler on the Roof (2008) starring Steve Edwards as Tevye.

"The show is going to be a lot of fun and a lot of memories for a lot of people that have seen all the big shows, and definitely continue to support this wonderful little theater and the art we bring to the community and the amount of talent we have in the community," said Peggy.

The mission of TVAC is to promote and preserve arts and culture in the Touchet Valley and beyond. TVAC believes that a community enriched with art and culture is a stronger, healthier, and more resilient one.

TVAC is underway with a fundraising effort to encourage people to support this vital community organization with a gift of $20, $200, or $2,020 to their "2020 Celebration Fund." TVAC also invites readers to share a story about how the Liberty Theater has enriched your life, contact them with your donation or story at


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