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Mardi Gras variety show opening at Cumming Playhouse
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“Mardi Gras Musical Variety Show: It’s Electric!” runs Friday through Sunday at the Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors 60 and older. They can be purchased online at www.playhousecumming.com or by calling (770) 781-9178.

CUMMING — A Mardi Gras-themed variety show returns this weekend to the Cumming Playhouse, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Forsyth County senior citizens.

“Mardi Gras Musical Variety Show: It’s Electric!” runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a classic variety show with all sorts of great entertainment for the whole family,” said Linda Ledbetter, the show’s director.

Ledbetter, who was elected to the Cumming City Council in the fall, created “Mardi Gras Musical Variety Show” a few years ago as a way to raise money for Age Well Forsyth.

The nonprofit assists local seniors by providing additional support to the county’s senior centers, as well as to individual seniors who “need a little extra help.”

“Besides the Senior Centers, Age Well Forsyth helps to supplement the Meals on Wheels program by providing some of the participants with extra bags of groceries and with personal hygiene products they might be able to afford on their own,” Ledbetter said.

According to Ledbetter, this year’s show will feature several numbers that focus on lighting, many of which will be under black light.

“We add something new to ‘Mardi Gras’ every year and this year, it’s several black light dance numbers including ribbon dancing and performances by members of the Sawnee Ballet,” she said.

In addition, Rhett Waller’s Jazz Band will be returning, along with many vocalists and comedians.

“We have a lot of really cute comedy this year, which calls for audience participation,” Ledbetter said.

“Since it is benefitting Age Well Forsyth, we do hope to see a lot of seniors, but there is plenty of fun for the kids and the grandkids, too. This is a show that the whole family will enjoy.”