Tickets are on sale for Stars Over Melrose, an old-fashioned, family-friendly variety show to be presented on Saturday, February 27, at Memorial Hall in Melrose, at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:00 PM.
The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Melrose, the local branch of a world-wide, non-sectarian organization that strives to do good in the international, national, and local communities.
The Producer for Stars is Tom Rosa, a Melrose resident and Rotary member whose credits include special events planning for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and producing/directing for many stage, film, and tv presentations.
The MC will be Julie Nolan, the popular stand-up comedienne and host of The Julie Nolan Show on MMTV.
After holding citywide auditions, Rosa put together a roster of talent that will surprise and delight the audience.
Some of the performers are well-known to Melrose audiences, such as solo singers, Brendan Carroll, Melrose’s own Irish crooner; Marci Holbrook, annual host of the Victorian Fair and veteran of many local musical productions; Mike Margolis, a blues guy and member of Blue Of A Kind; and Jean Dancewicz, who will appear with Christine Corbett as The Uptown Girls.
Another familiar face will be Joel Peterson, Melrose’s favorite Shaws’ employee, who will demonstrate his prodigious dance talent.
The Donaldsons—Ainsley, Liz, and Julia—representing three generations of singers, will sing as Daughters.
Stars will also include several newly discovered talented teens: Jesse DeLaurier, a singer/guitarist and 6th grade student at MVMMS, Brooke DoVale, an actress and 7th grade student at St. Mary’s School, Rebecca Zama, a vocalist and senior at the International School of Boston.
Also featured will be Eva Lou Hoops, a hula hoop artist and student at the Lincoln School, who has been tapped to appear this summer with the 2016 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour.
Representing college-aged artists will be singers Kristen Baker, a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, and Amanda Rosa, a junior at Salem State University.
Seasoned musicians Julianne and Barry Johnston, a musical couple who met a few years back in high school band class, will present their unique sound on flute, sax, and guitar. Their music will welcome attendees to the Hall when the doors open at 6:00 PM, and they will play again during the show.
Another veteran musician, Matteo Fabiano plays both solo and with a small combo; he will remain after Stars is over to play for anyone who wishes to stay for a while and dance or just listen to the music.
Melrose Rotary raises money to support many activities, both at home and far away. Some of the group’s projects include constructing the Melrose Skate Board Park on Tremont Street; supporting Beyond the Label, an initiative to encourage area businesses to employ young people with developmental disadvantages; and contributing to Rotary International’s top philanthropic goal, a program to eradicate polio worldwide.
Tickets for Stars cost $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. There will be table seating on the floor, but all seats are unreserved — first come, first choice.
Tickets are available online at www.starsovermelrose.com, or in person (for check or cash) at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main St., Melrose. They will also be available at the door on the night of the performance.