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Local talent galore at Really Big Show

RUTLAND Get your tickets now for the Really Big Show XII, a community night of talent sponsored by Chittenden Bank for United Way of Rutland County. On Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Paramount Theatre, the finest collection of amateur talent in the Rutland region will gather to put on an extraordinary show. The 22 acts will display a variety of talents including singing, dancing, comedy, Broadway skits, and much more. The Chittenden Bank has always been the sponsor for this great event. Committee members have changed through the years, but Pat Wener and Nicole Fabian have served on the committee as representatives from the bank from the beginning. Chittendens Sheila McCutcheon is serving her second year on the planning committee. Originally we were trying to come up with an idea to help raise funds for United Way in an unusual and fun way. We tried dances and other ideas, but this is the one that really took off. From the original days of holding the show at Rutland Intermediate School, to the Paramount Theater, the show has been a big hit. The bank employees get excited about performing in the opening act and helping support the show in any way possible, said Pat Wener, Event Coordinator for the Really Big Show. The Chittenden Dancers are ready to open the show! adds Fabian. Master of Ceremonies Sam Gorruso will be serving in his seventh show. The show gets better and better each year because the volunteers do their roles well. We try to get it down to a science so that people coming to the show each year leave saying that this years show was even better than the last. A good following and our goal this year will be to fill the theatre. The price of the show is $14, making this the best show in town for the money. Where else can you get 22 variety acts, plus a couple bonus at such a beautiful facility for that price? Knowing that the full price of the ticket benefits our local United Way makes it that much nicer. As for United Way of Rutland County, they appreciate the exposure and financial support. We have a very generous and talented community and appreciate the efforts of all involved, said Chuck Sharp, Director of United Way. Special people like Brian Mayhew, Carl Wener, Ron Bower, Candy Hall and the committee members mentioned have worked hard on the show for years. From the audition to show judges, media and staff at the Paramount, everyone does a tremendous job and we truly appreciate it. This years show will be dedicated to one of the show founders, Mary Byrne. You can get tickets at the Paramount directly or by calling the box office at 775-0903.

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