Dunham booked for Santander Arena; RCT will stage “Guys and Dolls” [Spotlight] – Reading eagle

ASM Global has announced two new shows for its Reading venues: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his “Seriously!? tour at the Santander Arena on October 22 and the Lightwire Theater will present “A Very Eclectic Christmas” on November 30 at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

After a long pandemic hiatus, Dunham will hit the road with his usual cast of characters, assuming he can convince them they can’t just work from home anymore. They include grumpy old man Walter, who double-crossed Wonald Grump and Ben Hiden in the last election; the hyperactive and crazy Peanut; the self-explanatory Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick’ the NASCAR-loving redneck cliché Bubba J; the completely confused Achmed the dead terrorist; and Url, the social media junkie in the basement.

Dunham has become arguably the most successful comedian of the past three decades. With 3.6 million YouTube subscribers and 11 million Facebook followers, he has amassed over a billion views and sold over seven million DVDs.

Dunham was named Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour three years in a row and was cited by Forbes as the third highest paid comedian behind Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.

Lightwire Theater combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in total darkness. “A Very Eclectic Christmas” follows the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max veers off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins.

The cast of ‘Guys and Dolls’ from the Reading Civic Theatre.

Theater

Reading Civic Theater will perform the second show of its 2022 season, the beloved classic ‘Guys and Dolls’, from September 8-11 at its new location at the former Fox Theater in Exeter Township.

The cast of 26 includes RCT alumni Brandon Kegerize, Emily Fredericks, Angela DeAngelo, Matt Hottenstein, Patrick Grinage, Ian Miller, Bastian Gerena, Kyriakos Vachaviolos, Dean Fichthorn, Roger Levesque, Karen Levesque, Barb Yurick, Elizabeth Kaufmann, Taylor Clark , Paige Anderson, Tatiana Roche, Julia Rentschler, Karla Goebel, Charlotte Baumgard, Jess Reber and Jeannette DeAngelo.

Newcomers to the RCT include Michael Dietrich, Michael Orth, Edwin Rebeiro, Zach Chan and Greg Harwell.

Set in Depression-era Times Square, “Guys and Dolls” is a romantic musical that tells the overlapping stories between two big-city gamblers and the women who love them: high roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown and Nathan Detroit, a shitty game manager who feels pressured to marry his 14-year-old fiancée, Miss Adelaide, a showgirl at the Hot Box.

For show times and tickets, visit readingcivic.org.

Music

The Mohnton-Cumru Lions Club will present the Berks County Music Fest on September 10 from noon to 7 p.m. at Mohnton Memorial Park. Scheduled to perform, in order of appearance, the Uptown Band, the Smith Compound Band and the Large Flowerheads. Tickets are $15 in advance at mohtoncumrulions.com or $20 at the door, and are free for ages 17 and under.

Festival

The 15th Annual Building a Better Boyertown Oktoberfest will be held at the Boyertown Downtown parking lot on September 23 from 6-10 p.m. and September 24 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (rain date: September 25). Attendees will enjoy a German and fall-themed family event featuring beer, food, music and entertainment, and a variety of craft vendors.

The Oktoberfest Tasting Preview will take place on September 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Brakeman’s Café, Boyertown. Tasting tickets are $50 and dinner tickets are
$18. Tickets are limited. The deadline for purchase is September 14.

For more information on Oktoberfest, including the full weekend program and tasting tickets, visit www.boyertownpa.org.

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