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Wilson plans 10th and final variety show

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Ten years after Gavin Wilson started producing an annual variety show to benefit the Egyptian Theatre, he is preparing to stage the series’ last performance.

“My kids are older and moving along in their lives. Ten seems like a good round number to go out with a bang,” he said in a news release.

Wilson said he is going all out for the final show, which will include Big Band, Broadway and popular music, magic tricks, ventriloquism and comedy for the whole family to enjoy.

Wilson will pay tribute to Dee Palmer and other performers who have enriched DeKalb with their talent. Linc Smelser will direct members of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in the George Gershwin classic “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring Wilson’s father, Gordy, on piano.

Also scheduled to perform are John Skillman with the Barb City Stompers, John Smith with the Shananigans, Jazz in Progress, directed by David Lehman, The Conley Trio, Barb McCaskey, Denny Vaupel, Cheryl Johnson, Holden Wilson, Adam Wilson and Roger Hintzsche. Dreamers Children’s Theatre, magician William Gogo and dancers Christie Coran and Anna Butler also will perform, and Wilson’s stuffed rabbit, Nelson, will make an appearance.

Music to be featured in the show includes “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” “Mack the Knife,” “God Bless America” and songs by such diverse artists as Maroon 5, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.

“Follow Through: The 10th and Final Gavin Wilson Show” will be performed at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger and are available at www.egyptiantheatre.org or 815-758-1225.

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