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“Late Night” to Provide Winter Laughs

Armstrong Community Theater cast members practice singing and dancing to

Armstrong Community Theater cast members practice singing and dancing to “Uptown Funk” at Tuesday’s rehearsal. The song comes at the end of Act 1 of this weekend’s variety show, “Late Night.”

by Jonathan Weaver

Armstrong Community Theater’s 14th variety show will contain several comedic favorites found after the 11PM newscast.

“Late Night” – a variety show featuring about 20 late-night and early-morning sketches or commercials – will feature memorable sketches performed by comedians Johnny Carson, Jimmy Fallon and those cast members on “Saturday Night Live.”

Alex McAuley -of Adrian - and Jared Emminger – of Kittanning - rock out to

Alex McAuley -of Adrian – and Jared Emminger – of Kittanning – rock out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” during their sketch comedy of “Wayne’s World.”

Directors Paul Wright, Emily Younkins and Cortney Bavera – late-night TV watchers in their own right – are not only helping cast members prepare for this weekend’s three performances, but also perform on stage and will sing together in the second act.

“We cut a lot of stuff that we were thinking about originally – we had a lot of ideas to pull from,” the directors said. “There was a lot of stuff we left out because we didn’t want a four-hour show.

“Believe me, it’s hard not to laugh. In some of these, you have to have a serious face when what you just said was hilarious – which will make it that much harder when you hear the audience’s laughter. Comedy’s very hard.”

Thespians have been practicing – especially the group songs – since the beginning of January.

Teenagers Alex McAuley -of Adrian – and Jared Emminger – of Kittanning – met at rehearsals and teamed up to re-enact the reoccurring sketches “Wayne’s World” and “A Night at the Roxbury.”

“We just kind of went with it. I was told to be ‘Wayne’ – he was told to be ‘Garth.’ I bought a wig, he bought a wig and it worked,” the pair agreed.

While it is McAuley’s third variety show, it is Emminger’s first. The duo practiced while watching online videos of the sketches.

The two-dozen thespians are also performing a few group songs – such as “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and “We Are the World” – and there are a few solos and duets.
Due to some mature language and innuendo featured in the sketches, the show is rated PG-13 – a first for the theater group.

The approximately-two hour show begins at 7:30PM Friday and Saturday, with a 2PM matinee Sunday at the Worthington Civic Center.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at Quality Inn Royle in West Kittanning and Worthington Community Library. Money raised will contribute to the theater group’s other shows this year.

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