The show also offers the opportunity to help children less fortunate attend and experience the fun.
The variety show will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village playhouse at the City Center Auditorium on the main stage. The show will be hosted by Dan Glazier, who has an Internet television show called Comics on Parole.
Woodstock juggler Adam Boehmer will perform along with puppeteer Liz Vitale and long-time magician Dennis Aloia.
“Those three things are going to appeal across the board to everybody,” Aloia said. “We just want to bring some good quality shows to Cherokee County. It’s going to be a fun time.”
Aloia said the show’s purpose is to provide family entertainment for all ages.
“It’s geared toward everybody, kids as well as adults. It’s good, clean family entertainment,” he said.
Tickets for the variety show are $10 preordered and $12 at the door.
Aloia, a Canton resident, is producing the show and performing with the Coconut Grove Players group as a comedy magician. The performance group is sponsored by americanheartsradio.com, an Internet radio station that is owned by Aloia’s son, Michael Aloia. The Coconut Grove Players perform all over the state, donating a portion of tickets to children’s charities through business sponsorships.
“I’ve always raised tickets from local businesses to get kids in foster care as well as their families to see the shows,” Dennis Aloia said. “I give the tickets to children in foster care and also to children in Special Olympics. I recognize the business that donated the tickets at the beginning of the show.”
Aloia has been performing magic for more than 30 years and has done past magic shows at the Canton Theatre.
He hopes to get local businesses to donate at least 10 tickets for the upcoming variety show so that he can donate them to kids in the Special Olympics.
“I’ve been working closely with the Optimist group in Ball Ground,” Aloia said. “The local Optimist clubs have always supported my efforts. They provide a lot of services to Special Olympics children. They’ve actually donated some tickets and they’ve been my key contact with that group.”
Aloia said what motivates him to do the charity work that he does is the impact it has on the children.
“I have a soft spot for kids and their needs, whether it be a physical need or an emotional need. I reach out to them and try to get them out of the house and provide some fun for them and their families,” he said. “As a Canton resident, I am proud to be able to give back to the community.”
Formerly known as the Towne Lake Arts Center, the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is located in Woodstock at 8534 Main St.
Anyone interested in making ticket donations can call Gay Grooms, director of the Elm Street playhouse, at (678) 494-4251. Those who want to donate tickets can also write a check to the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. They can contact Aloia, and he can pick up the check.
Aloia can be contacted by phone at (678) 772-4097 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.