Barbershop Show succeeds

To the editor:

The 66th Barbershop Show titled “Diamond Harmony Celebration” is now history. April 13, the local chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, the Harmony Brigade, presented our annual musical show. Many compliments after the show.

A unique method of presentation was used this year. A ventriloquist and his dummy were the “masters of ceremonies.” Special thanks go to Ted Hugghins and Larry Hall in their acting/presentation.

Appreciation for traveling a long distance go to Progression quartet from St. Louis, and ‘Round Midnight quartet from New York City. Their masterful abilities in song and entertaining audiences was highly applauded. They sang on the show and the afterglow at Rides Banquet Center.

Thanks for a job well done to Andy Anderson handling the sound; to Bob Laborde as stage manager; to Emily White for lighting; to Brenda Larsen and Mary Lerdal on lobby ticket sales; to the staff at Iowa Central Community College to allow us to use their facilities and auditorium and work with the very capable tech manager, Thomas Wilson.

The show would not be possible without the sponsorship of many business supporters. Way too many to mention here, but our community should recognize and thank the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust. Each year they allow us to bring into Fort Dodge top-notch quartets that are “world class.” Those in attendance were most appreciative.

And this would be a nice spot to thank Hy-Vee of Humboldt and Fort Dodge; and Ja-Mar Drive-In Restaurant for their special foods given to sustain hungry performers. We do appreciate you.

It was a fun show and always a joy to perform for our community. But it wouldn’t be with those who attended the shows. Thanks for coming. We’ll see you next year in April, or perhaps in church this summer as we sing for services, maybe in your church.

Ted Bodensteiner

Harmony Brigade member

Fort Dodge