SHARC replaces auditorium curtain, plans fund-raiser

Sean C. Morgan

Variety show

features twist for SHARC fund-raiser

The Sweet Home Auditorium Remodel Committee is putting together a variety show with a twist for Sportsman’s Holiday as a fund-raiser for the replacement of the curtains in the High School auditorium.

Efforts to rejuvenate the time-worn auditorium are moving forward. A front curtain and valance are ordered and, volunteers hope, will be involved by the time of the show, said Shirley Austin, a member of SHARC and event organizer.

SHARC is about $10,000 short of finishing the curtain project, which includes additional on-stage curtains.

The variety show, called “The Switcheroo Review,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Local restaurants will set up outside the auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to give patrons a chance to eat dinner before the show.

In “The Switcheroo Review,” participants, who will include local residents such as Wendi and Scott Melcher, Mike Hall, Robert Shamek and many others, will perform musical numbers, Austin said. The twist will be that the men will perform as female stars, and the women will perform as male stars.

For example, Shamek will portray Janis Joplin, Jakkie Ohmer will play Frank Sinatra and Joe Hefty will play Joan Jett, Austin said.

The cast is set, and volunteers are in place for most of the show, with some 27 individuals involved at this point, Austin said. She still needs help with costumes, sets and coordinating a silent auction.

SHARC is a grassroots committee organized last year by Ron Sharrah and other members of the Elks Lodge.

The committee has already repaired much of the deteriorating auditorium and stage, including painting.

The committee also is working on replacing the lighting and curtains and installing a permanent sound system.

The School District is planning to rewire the building, and the School Board has committed $25,000 to replacing the lighting system.

For more information about the show or to help out, contact Austin at (541) 409-8957.

For more information about SHARC or to get involved, contact Sharrah at (541) 231-7303 or visit SHARC’s Facebook page.