A Perfect Storm is coming to the Kirby Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. No, it’s not a stage play of the book and movie about a “Perfect Storm” at sea; it’s what West Pittston’s Gina Malsky, of the Dance Theater and Downtown Arts of Wilkes-Barre, calls a Perfect Storm of entertainers performing for the Red Cross. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of at the Kirby Box office.
The event begins with an art auction, basket raffle and entertainment by “A Little Holiday R&R,” with drummer Richie Kossuth, of Rock Street Music and Flaxy Morgan, and guitarist/singer Ray Nemetz from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. Malsky and Kossuth and Nemetz are just three of the Greater Pittston folks involved with the event.
Master of ceremonies is Bill Goldsworthy, former West Pittston mayor and executive director the Red Cross of Northeast PA. Lou Ciampi and Independent Graphics of West Wyoming printed the programs.
The Bee Hive Gift Shoppe in Wilkes-Barre is organizing the donations for the raffle baskets.
The opening act on the main stage is a dance routine by two pageant winners — Madison Dompkosky, Miss PA’s Outstanding Teen, and Murielle Roberts, Miss NEPA.
Other dance performances include Malsky’s students from The Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre and Nish’s Bollywood Indian Classical Dance. Malsky and her husband, Leo, also will be dancing.
Lauren Timek, a 2008 Wyoming Area alumnus and a former New York Jets cheerleader, will dance a salsa with Steven Colon, a Red Cross Disaster Program specialist.
There’s an ironic story behind the appearance of dancers Bob and Lorraine Stevens. The couple was married 50 years ago in November at the First United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre, which today is Malsky’s Downtown Arts Center. Malsky said the couple, now living in Lancaster, came to the Downtown Arts Center on Nov. 4 for their 50th wedding anniversary wanting to get a photograph of themselves at the church where they were married, not knowing it had been converted to an arts center.
“As luck would have it,” Malsky said, “Bob and Lorraine are dancers, too.”
They danced that day on the very site where they were married in 1957 and agreed to dance for the Perfect Storm. “We are honored to have them,” Malsky said.
Among the musical acts will be three a cappella singers from Marywood University. Ken Doyle, Markis Blackwell, and Ian Wettlaufer, who will sing Christmas carols.
In an email, Malsky described the event this way: “Perfect Storm is a community arts related event to raise money for a great organization, give young performers the opportunity to be on the F.M. Kirby stage, bring the community out to be introduced to new artists, to collaborate with other artists, to meet and greet the audience, to work with performers 3 to 75-plus years old, dancing, singing, acting, listening and playing live music, meeting people you would never have crossed paths with, to enjoy downtown W-B, to enjoy a wonderful, professional show, to let your hair down and leave your stress at the door, to tap your toes, sing a song, smile, laugh, and have a wonderful time.”