Silver Star Theater staff is hoping to continue the venue’s momentum—and keep music fans cool—by offering summer concerts.
Typically only open November to mid-April, the theater is offering dinner, shows and dancing with various performances by The Rhythm Cats, who blend music and comedy.
“We had an event on Memorial Day weekend and that was exciting,” said Mark Kleinman, general manager. “We want to build on that. We’re going to try and keep this going every summer, but it’s going to depend on the community’s support. If they like it, we’ll keep on adding shows and doing more and more.”
Mark Lucas (of The Rhythm Cats) and The Wild Bunch perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21; The Country Show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 8; and “Malt Shop Oldies” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 18. “Cool Summer Nights” tickets, $39, come with a dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m. Group discounts and packages are available.
“Mark Lucas is a jokester,” said Camille Keeler, Silver Star Theater’s director of sales. “They’re all very talented.
On Sundays July 22, August 5, August 19 and September 9, there is music and dancing. A light dinner of salad, coleslaw, potato or macaroni salad, sandwiches, fruit and cookies is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with dancing with Silver Star Theater’s house band The Rhythm Cats from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.
“For dancers, we’re taking out a couple rows of carpet and adding a dance floor,” Keeler said. “Our dinner will be a bit lighter because we don’t want to fill them up. It’s dancing just for fun. There are no lessons and you don’t need lessons.”
When the summer series concludes, Silver Star Theater will begin its season with The Rhythm Cats. Variations of The Rhythm Cats’ show, including guest appearances by Patrick Mahoney, continue throughout the season, which also features A Christmas Carol starring Hale Centre Theatre veteran Kleinman as “Scrooge,” and special Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve shows.
“We have a new guy who came in, Patrick Mahoney,” Keeler said. “He’s from Ireland and he’s very talented. He brings a lot of energy to the theater.”
Silver Star Playhouse staff wants to increase its profile with community groups, like Connect Church, by renting its 150-capacity Marquee Room, which is available for parties as well.
“We have a great bartender, if they wanted to hire a bartender, and we have a great chef,” she said.