Sunday, June 24, 2001 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
"South Pacific", "Island Heat", Karaoke, "Country Kickin'", The Great Race 2001, Mark Davis, More...

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical adaptation of "Tales of the South Pacific" will invade the Ramada Express in the form of the highly successful Broadway production "South Pacific." MiShar Productions will be staging this renowned musical from June 28 - Aug. 6. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $13.95, call 1-800-243-6846.

"South Pacific" is the World War II story that softens the brutal realties of war and focuses instead on romance, intrigue and some pure comedy evolving from the interaction between sailors and nurses. It's a show for everyone to see.

The Edgewater holds a weekly Karaoke Contest hosted by Rockin' Jimmy D on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in Kokopelli's Lounge. As an extra incentive, the Edgewater is now hosting a weekly Karaoke Contest and monthly finals. Each week, the audience picks the first, second and third place winners, who receive $100, $50 and $25.

The last Monday of the month, the weekly finalists have the opportunity to compete in the Monthly Karaoke Finals. Again the audience decides the winners who win $500, $250, $150 and $50 or fourth place.

The River Palms has a sizzling, adult show called "Island Heat" that is custom made to compliment the resort's island theme. Nannette Barbera, who has produced shows all around the world, also does the choreography and designs the costumes for her High Steppin' Productions, Inc. company.

"Island Heat" is a sexy show with a couple of topless dance numbers handled in a subtle teasing fashion. The dancing and costumes are; however, the featured elements. Six dancers and featured singer Sara Laporte heat up the show. Near the end of the show, dancer Diana Correla, doubles as a bird trainer/magician with a segment that offers a brief interlude with no attempt at any full-blown illusions.

"Island Heat" at the River Palms is performed at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. nightly except on Sunday and Monday. The show is free with a two-drink minimum.

Air Laughlin, after just five months in the air, is adding two additional planes to its fleet. The airline plans to add a 48-passenger F-27 and a 115-passenger DC-9 to the operation based at the Laughlin-Bullhead City International Airport.

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Don's Western Dance Hall at the Riverside as of last Valentine's Day became the site for a show of its own that happens every Wednesday night. The musical revue "Country Kickin'" is the creation of a local dance studio owner, Denise Swartzman, who tailored the show to fit the western themed d‚cor.

"Country Kickin'" is an upbeat little fun-filled hour show featuring comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation and the harmonies of the Stanley Four. The star of the show is Las Vegas-based comic "Big John" Mickelson, who stars in the afternoon show "Viva Las Vegas" at the Stratosphere, and has a booming voice.

The show also spotlights local singers and dancers. One of the crowd favorites is 10-year-old Jessica Stanley who sings and yodels to "Country Sweetheart" and "Blue." The dance numbers are another popular feature.

Don's Western Dance Hall is located on the second floor of the Riverside near the Race and Sports Book. The room features a large dance floor and is open nightly with DJs playing music, karaoke and dance classes. Country Kickin'" on Wednesday nights takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, call 1-800-227-3849, ext. 616 or 702-298-2535, ext. 616.

The Great Race 2001 will be coming to Bullhead City this week on June 28, from 2-5 p.m. Sponsored by The History Channel, over 100 rare vintage cars will be entering Bullhead City as one of the designated stops along the transcontinental race route.

The community "Pit Stop" will be the Bullhead City Area Chamber of Commerce where the drivers will stop to greet the public and show off the cars. There will also be other entertainment and refreshments. For information, call Kathy Jackson at 520-763-0158 or visit (website no longer applicable).

The "King of Rock and Roll" can now be fund at the Edgewater. "Elvis" performs a variety of duties including running the Big 6 Wheel and hosting the new twice-daily slot tournaments.

Mark Davis got his break performing as Elvis strictly by accident at a local area casino. He was a dealer when he decided to dress up as the King for Halloween. After the holiday, he was given the opportunity to continue the role.

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