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‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’ to be presented

March 30, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

ADENA - The sound of music has echoed the halls of the Buckeye West Elementary School and when it was a high school for many years. The Adena Lions Club has been responsible for what started out as a full-blown minstrel, and this has continued for 61 years.

In 2004, "It's Been a Long, Long Time!" was presented. It featured musical memories of the World War II era and was well received by the audience.

It is with that same spirit of patriotism and enthusiasm that the club presents its 62nd production, "Stars and Stripes Spectacular - A Salute to Our Armed Forces," to be held at 7:30 p.m. April 20-21.

A special appearance will be made by Adena American Legion members and other local men and women who served or are currently serving in the military, and audience members who have or are currently serving in the armed forces will be recognized from their seats.

Since 1951, the Adena Lions Club Minstrel Show has been a staple in the local entertainment industry and has attracted thousands of spectators over the last 61 years from many areas.

The Buckeye Local Jazz Band will handle pre-show entertainment duties and will be featured along with the West Elementary Singers during the show.

Dustin Kinsey will continue to serve as music director and keyboard player. Kipp Bowers, Brian Dawes, Steven Kelner and Dan Jones will complete the house band.

Stars of the event are Drew Case, Dennis Kinsey, Rich Steffl, Roger Warren, Darrin Young and Mike Zonkoski as the endmen. Featured performers include Rich Bolock, Julie Erwin, Kelsey Fithen, Jessica Harr, Joe Jancura, Danessa Kinsey, Chris Krahel, Kathy Oxley, Marty Packer, Valarie Zamski and the Deuces Wild Band.

John Parkinson, a 61-year veteran, once again will be at the helm as the interlocutor, perhaps an unfamiliar word to many. This is an interpreter or the man in the middle of the line who questions the endmen in the show.

There is a full evening of comedy with a presidential debate, a boot camp training session and a guest appearance by Adena's own "Village People."

The club is always looking for individuals to join the chorus. Dustin Kinsey can be contacted at (740) 391-6052 or by e-mail at

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for high school students and younger and can be purchased at the door.

The club also is looking for new sponsors for the ad book to be distributed to each family at the show. Kinsey can be contacted for this as well.

The minstrel committee consists of Karl Bowers, Case, Dustin Kinsey, Young and Zonkoski.

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