This Saturday performers will gather at Huntington's City Hall to honor a tradition that is in the process of closing - Magic Makers.
My pal Dave Lavender wrote a terrific feature about it last Sunday in the Herald-Dispatch. You can read that article here - and here's an excerpt:
Just ask Ken Epperly and Ken Fox, there really is no business like sew business.
After 36 years of providing custom-made costumes coast to coast - from Los Angeles' film studios to The White House Easter egg hunts - Magic Makers National Costume Supply House is closing down.
But the local theater community could never and would never let the magical couple, Ken Epperly and Ken Fox - and their small family of employees - go quietly into the night without a fitting tribute.
On Saturday, March 7, the City of Huntington Foundation is presenting "Magic Makers Reunion," a musical theater tribute featuring area stage veterans singing a slew of Ken and Ken's favorite Broadway showtunes at Huntington City Hall's Jean C. Stephenson Auditorium.
Hosted by long-time friends, Debbie Wolfe and Dave Benton, the star-studded tribute show features such performers as Huntington native Broadway star Beth McVey, as well as Ryan Hardiman, Helen Freeman, John Eric Booth, and Clint McElroy, members of the Cirque d' Art Theater troupe out of Portsmouth, Ohio, Ella Hay's dance studio and the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
There will also be some short, spoken tributes including one by Huntington mayor Steve Williams, as well as video tributes shown from such nationally-known area natives as Tony Award-winning actor and singer, Michael Cerveris, famous movie actress Jennifer Garner and Broadway star and internationally-touring singer Mark McVey.
Advance tickets are $25 for the 8 p.m. show only or $30 for the show and a special 6:30 p.m. reception on the first floor of City Hall and featuring a wine and cheese reception, live music from Of The Dell, and the viewing of a special slideshow tribute and costume display from Magic Makers.
For tickets, call the City of Huntington Foundation at 304-696-5522. All proceeds benefit the non-profit City of Huntington Foundation.