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Be IN the Show

By the people, for the people

Attend

What: Be IN the Show

When: 6 pm Sat., Jan. 27

Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Cost: $5

Info: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com or www.beintheshow.com

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

At various iterations of “Incognito” dinners, curious foodies can attend events featuring creative fare sourced seasonally and locally.

There are some hints of what will be on the menu, but until diners sit down at tables meant to foster conversation and conviviality among seatmates, they don’t know exactly what the multi-course meal will consist of. Typically, they end up departing the feast both full and happy.

I’m going to posit that the Dance Studio’s third annual “Be IN the Show!” performance taking place Sat., Jan. 27 at the Mount Baker Theatre bears a striking resemblance to a surprise supper.

While it’s known that professional emcees Deb Slater and Ron Warner will host and members of the Dance Studio will open the far-ranging variety show—and that jugglers Wren and Della, the band Heroes, and Hip Hop Acapella are confirmed acts—much of what the audience will see still remains a mystery.

If you’re not intrigued and you don’t like not knowing what comes next, it’s still possible to make a few assumptions about the fine arts fare that will be on the “Be IN the Show!” roster.

Because people of all ages are welcome at the performance, those who auditioned last month knew the acts needed to be family-friendly. Other parameters included being at least 14 years old and keeping the acts short when it came time to share their dance, music, theatrical, circus-related or other talents (minutes onstage will range from two to six). Another rule of thumb was that the performers should already be part of the community the event is meant to celebrate.

Hopefully, the Mount Baker Theatre’s storied space will be filled to the rafters with those willing to take a chance on a locally sourced lineup. Ticket prices are a bargain at $5, and the more people that show up to support their friends, neighbors, joke-tellers, tricksters and local trapeze artists, the more profits will go to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation’s visual and performing arts programs, this year’s worthy beneficiary.

During the onstage smorgasbord of both amateur and professional talent, take note of your favorite act and be prepared to make noise accordingly. Based on audience response, the performer or performers who are deemed “crowd favorite” will go home with a cash prize. The final surprise will make for a delicious end to the night, and we’re guessing everyone will go home happy.

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