By Paul Hoverman
By Paul Hoverman

This coming Sunday brings yet another star to Van Wert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. It seems we have been on a bit of a roll with some very recognizable names coming to entertain so far this season. Just last week, many enjoyed hearing from one of the most successful coaches of all time, Bobby Knight. And then two days later, a near-capacity crowd came to see the beloved Lennon Sisters in concert.

Now, this Sunday we bring a TV icon from the show Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams. She will be starring in Nunset Boulevard- a hilarious show of zany mistakable episodes where the Sisters of Hoboken think they have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl... in LA of course, only to find out they are booked at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley with (of course) a cabaret lounge and obnoxious bowlers. Well you can see where this is heading!

One thing leads to another and before the sisters eventually come back to their true calling of being nuns, many hilarious episodes happen which will have you rolling over in laughter. If you need a good laugh, (and who doesn't these days?) then I suggest you snatch up one of the few remaining tickets to see Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show.

If you recall, we also brought Sally Struthers to Van Wert with one of the previous Nunsense Shows. She had everyone in the NPAC rolling over with laughter and I can imagine Williams will do the same. We just went over 1,000 seats sold, so don't delay for this Sunday afternoon's show which starts at 3 p.m. If any tickets remain, they will be available the day of the show beginning at 2 p.m.

If you are looking for a great show for the kids and grandkids, I suggest ImaginOcean. It will be at the NPAC on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. It is an adorable black light puppet show written by veteran Broadway producer, John Tartaglia. This live glow-in-the-dark family musical is not only entertaining, but teaches good lessons to kids about making and being best friends and even broaches the subject of anti-bullying. The music is fun and appealing to young kids and is sure to make a big splash with your children and grandchildren. Create memories with your kids on Nov. 3 at the NPAC with ImaginOcean!

On a more serious note, we are just around the corner for starting chorus rehearsals for Handel's Messiah. The performance will be Sunday evening, Dec. 9 at First U.M. Church. Those who wish to be a part of the chorus are invited to attend the first rehearsal on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3-5 p.m. at First U.M. Church in Van Wert. If you don't have music- don't worry. We have books. This is a Christmas tradition which dates back to pre-WWII days in Van Wert. The outstanding soloists are set and I'll tell you more about them in the near future.

Call (419) 238-1743 or email (phvwcf_music@hotmail.com) me if you have any questions. Singing Messiah with friends and family is a lasting memory every singer should experience. FINE