From the club entrance, which was all-out sock-hoppin’ ’50s diner, to the groovy/funky, tie-dyed disco ’60s and ’70s hall to the totally rad club room (where cassette tapes, neon colors and even a break dancer standee would’ve made Duran Duran, DEVO and Run-DMC feel right at home) to the 1920s Big Band-era ballroom with its flappers and gangsters, the entire venue’s decor did justice to each decade represented.
Master of Ceremonies Rob Svensen introduced the queen, Wendy Kitchen (escorted by Jim Kitchen) and her court: Laura and David Alexander, Layne and Adam Allen, Cindy and Bob Cater, and Kelli and Scott Roberts.
The skits — always entertaining and always unpredictable — began with Julie Hansek, Claire Caballero and Julie McGathy in the “Roaring 20s.” Next, Kim Flanagan, Holly Dempsey and JJ Nichols danced through the ’90s and foxy mommas Dawn Wilczek, Anna Coley, Michele Wallace and Laura Knighton shook their groove thangs, taking the crowd for a little ride before disco died.
In the skit “Pac Man Fever,” Jennifer Tucker, Diana White and Joann Crow went “pac in time” to bring the icon of 1980s pop culture to life, followed by Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” with musical guests the Jackson 5 (aka Jennifer Farrell, Sheri Ballard and Lesley Hudson.)
“Wayne’s World” was next, where spectators got a chance to peek into Wayne’s excellent basement and meet some of Wayne’s excellent friends — Michele Love, Laura McWilliams, Carol Hagan and Katie Newton — who pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone had an excellent time …
Jana Hulbert, Wendy Draper and Sandy Rothwell be-bopped to the “Rocking 50s” next, followed by “Studio 54: Boogie Nights,” featuring Treacy Hunter, Brittany Cruz and Amy Askew, who took the crowd behind the famous velvet ropes to boogie on down until the sun came up.
The competition was fierce in “Anniston American Idol,” which featured such classics as “Pants on the Ground,” “She Bangs” and everyone’s favorite judges. Skit members Toni Christopher, Michele Whitelaw, Amie Hinton, Angie Reaves and Becky Simmons might want to consider keeping their day jobs …
Finally, Laura Pratt, Gail Tillman, Alice Abernathy and Crystal Mashburn enjoyed a “Day Off in the 80s.” Wow, those were the days!
Judges Karen Connell, Bill Priddy, Anna Whittaker, Sabrina Baeza and Ellen Bass had their work cut out for them as they scored and laughed and tallied and laughed some more, finally awarding first place to “Studio 54: Boogie Nights,” second place to “American Bandstand,” and third place to “Anniston American Idol.”
Following the skits, the band Just a Few Cats entertained guests, as they celebrated another spectacular year of the Revelers Krewe.
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Save the Date
Children’s Services will host their first annual Cinco de Mayo Beer Tasting on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Anniston Country Club. Food, music, drinks and perhaps even a mariachi band will be featured at this south-of-the-border fiesta. Tickets go on sale beginning in April, so mark your calendars now! All proceeds will support the Parris Home for Children. Watch Small Talk for ticket information.