The songs the girls all fell in love to

April 02, 1998|By TERI JOHNSONStaff Writer

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Swing Kids

Don't wait for some enchanted evening to take a sentimental journey.

Start your trip this weekend at "Salute to the Forties," a benefit to mark the 71st anniversary of Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa.

The program features musical styles from gospel to country, and performers include operatic tenor Cristoforo Padula, Capitol Big Band, Paula Hepfer, Ken Wadding, Seven Local Women, The Swing Kids, Cumberettes, and Suzie Rowles and Pete Schaffnit.

Performances of the two-act show will be Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. Organist Bob Eyer will perform a prelude at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and there will be a reception after the Friday show.


About 50 people are volunteering their efforts for the second annual production, says Bill Pukmel, vice president of Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Chambersburg Inc., a subsidiary of the chamber, bought the theater in September 1996.

Last year's benefit, which featured music of the '20s and '30s, raised $20,000 after expenses, Pukmel says.

"We had the grand reopening of the Capitol Theatre, and it was standing room only. It was amazing," he says.

With favorites such as "Stormy Weather," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "In the Mood," it will be hard to sit still at this weekend's shows.

Rowles, a country performer, says the program will fill audience members with nostalgia.

"These are the songs the girls all fell in love to," Rowles says.

Rowles and Schaffnit, who are brother and sister, will perform "You Are My Sunshine," "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" and "Tennessee Waltz."

Rowles says they chose old standards everyone knows.

"In the '40s, it was mostly fiddles, banjos and stompin' music," she says.

During the second act, Lynn Lerew will direct Capitol Big Band, a group of 17 Tri-State musicians he assembled for the program. Most of the musicians have played for Lerew in Hagerstown Municipal Band, which he also directs.

Capitol Big Band features five saxophones, four trombones and four trumpets, as well as bass, piano, drums and guitar. With tunes such as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "Moonlight Serenade," the band is bound to bring back memories for veterans and their loved ones, Lerew says.

"The two things people most associate with the '40s are World War II and the big band era," Lerew says.

The program will conclude with a medley saluting the armed forces, and Chambersburg VFW Honor Guard will participate.

"Salute to the Forties"

When: Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m.

Where: Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

Details: There will be a reception after the Friday show; organist Bob Eyer will perform before the shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Tickets for the show and reception are $30; show tickets only are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens

For information, call 1-717-263-0202.

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