Mud Bay Jugglers and Tune Stranglers
The Mud Bay Jugglers are amazing. That's the first thing you should know. They juggled fire during their March 26th performance at the LCHS auditorium! From the Seattle area, this troupe has toured nationally for over twenty years and has even passed through the Tobacco Valley before as part of Sunburst's Performing Arts Series. This time though, they brought along the Tune Stranglers, a five-piece band that has been entertaining audiences across the West since 2003. Oh...and did I mention that the jugglers did a routine with fire? This was a spectacular close to the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series. And certainly a performance that you should not have misseed.
And while you are thinking about the juggling and the old timey sounds of the Tune Stranglers and, of course, the fire, I just want to mention one more thing that seems special to me about this particular performance. In every performance Sunburst brings to the valley, there is a commitment to making it the best possible. After all, why should Sunburst bring in quality performers and then have lousy sound or theater techniques? Thus, there is always a concerted effort with the incredible Bob Cardana as the lead volunteer and tech guru to make every concert and performance the best it can be. This particular performance with the Mud Bay Jugglers and Tune Stranglers was especially challenging. The troupe sent pages of instructions about the stage preparation and what is required. And then there were all the safety precautions for the fire juggling. Obviously not something that even Bob could tackle alone. This then became an example of the good hearts in the community when volunteers stepped up to help. From Jess Flock on sound to Dave Leeman and Pom Collins working backstage to students and Wade VanNess from the theater tech class, there was an amazingly strong crew to insure that this performance was fantastic. We are all fortunate to live in a place that can offer this quality of entertainment and to have the volunteers who make it happen.
It was awesome to see the Mud Bay Jugglers juggling fire at the LCHS auditorium. We are looking forward to the great season Rita Collins and the Sunburst Foundation will bring us next season.
About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.
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