WASILLA — The Valley Arts Alliance is bringing their “Frontier Variety Show,” the Alaska Home Companion back to the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
Local performers will put on an Alaskan themed variety show in front of a live audience inside the museum while broadcasting their skits on Radio Free Palmer.
Attendees will have the benefit of seeing the eclectic group of performers’ colorful costumes and lively expressions. The radio audience will be able to use their imaginations as they listen to the live shenanigans, getting the true radio show experience the show was inspired by.
The show was heavily influenced by the popular and long-running radio show Prairie Home Companion that brought a variety of humorous skits and live musical acts under the same roof for an evening. People in the Valley can expect that same style of show, only with an Alaskan twist.
Locals from across the Valley will bring their various talents to the stage, offering performances that can be enjoyed in person or through the radio waves in the comfort of one’s home.
This year’s theme is called “The Art of Living in Alaska” and will feature 30 different stories about the “best, worst and the silliest” of daily Alaskan life.
VAA Executive director Carmen Summerfield said most of their acts are typically humorous in nature. She said that after a long year of getting shook up by disasters like the November of 2018 earthquake, laughter seems like of the best medicines to share with the public.
“Dealing with it too, part of that therapy is laughter… We try to deal with it that way,” Summerfield said.
Alaska Home Companion’s live radio broadcast will air on Radio Free Palmer at 89.5 FM. Admission is $15 at the door. The museum is located at 3800 West Museum Drive. There will be an open cash bar throughout the event.
“The whole idea for the Valley Arts Alliance is to bring community together through the arts, so we do that through this show for sure. We’re all in this Valley together. It’s a big Valley but in a way it’s small too. We all have different backgrounds, ideas and opinions and we come together at this show and we all laugh,” Summerfield said.
The VAA is always looking for new members and ideas for skits for next year’s Alaska Home Companion. It’s one of several community events they host each year, including the Wearable Art Show in Palmer.
For more information, stop by one of their weekly meetings, which occur each Thursday at 11 a.m. at Sophia’s Café. You can also email Summerfield for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
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