Variety show gives back to the community

February 16, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

A comedy dog act and a balloonologist will be among the acts of a variety show Friday night at The Maryland Theatre.

No, the dogs won't be telling jokes. And the balloonologist won't be explaining the intricacies of helium.

The dogs are part of Johnny Peers' Muttville Comix, an act that finds canines horsing around often at the expense of their two-legged team member.

The "bizarre balloonologist," John Cassidy, has made as many as 429 balloon sculptures of animals in one hour, says Bill Hall. Bill Hall Entertainment and Events of Churchville, Pa., is co-producing the 7:30 p.m. show - proceeds of which will benefit the Hagers-town firefighters' union.


The variety show also will feature a husband and wife magic and illusion act, a Russian troupe of Harlequin jugglers and contortionists, and Doc Swan, the fire-eating master of ceremonies who also is an escapologist, Hall says.

The master of ceremonies will have an audience member handcuff him so he can try to escape, Hall says.

The show is sponsored by International Association of Firefighters Local 1605 and is co-produced by Hamid Circus of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Some funds will be used to provide two Hagerstown Community College scholarships, says Andy Hartman, union president.

Other donations the union has made in the past include money to Children's Village of Washington County, For Our Kids' Sake and Hospice of Washington County Inc., Hartman says.

If you go ...

WHAT: 2006 Family Fun 'n Frolics Variety Show presents Wintertime Wizards 'n Wonders, a benefit for International Association of Firefighters Local 1605.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Tickets cost $10. Call 1-800-854-5903 for advance tickets or buy them at the door the day of the show.

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