Night of entertainment shows potential for Mesquite

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John Dearing, left, and Brian Wursten, right, closed out the night with their rendition of the Blues Brothers, accompanied by the 12-piece Mesquite Community Band in sunglasses. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

John Dearing, left, and Brian Wursten, right, closed out the night with their rendition of the Blues Brothers, accompanied by the 12-piece Mesquite Community Band in sunglasses. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Larry LeMieux hosted and performed in last weekend’s Country and Rock ‘n Roll Show at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

All That Jazz Dancers showed that they could keep up with Bubba, dancing to ‘If Bubba Can Dance’ Saturday night. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Brynley Gorman danced on behalf of Relevé Dance Studio to Michael Jackson’s P.Y.T. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The Mesquite Toes tapped their way into the audience’s heart. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Last weekend, many people showed up to nearly sold-out shows at the Mesquite Community Theatre directed by Larry LeMieux and sponsored by the Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation (GMAF).

The Country and Rock & Roll Show had an all-star cast with singers, dancers and musicians from the community providing an enjoyable night. Elvis even graced the crowd with his presence, singing ‘That’s Alright.’

Other performers included the Mesquite Toes, All That Jazz dance group, performers from Relevé Dance Studio and many others.

The biggest hit of the night, however, came towards the end as John Dearing and Brian Wursten morphed into the Blues Brothers. Joined by the Mesquite Community Band, the duo performed three songs with classic Blues Brothers moves.

With Mesquite’s busy season in full swing, GMAF and Larry LeMieux are already planning on bringing in their 2014 Annual Community Christmas Variety Show, which is slated for December 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at the theatre, 150 N. Yucca St. This year’s theme is ‘A Christmas Story’ with scenes and songs from the movie being reenacted by local performers as well as other singers, choirs and dancers. The Mesquite Community Band is also slated to perform.

Tickets will be available at Danielle’s Chocolates, Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Mesquite Chamber of Commerce or at the Theatre Box office during normal business hours of 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as one hour before show time.

For more information on the GMAF and their season schedule, check out their website at www.mesquitegmaf.com or call 702-345-4499.

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