Theatre ga­la a Rat Pack tri­bute

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The Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre is going to do it their way in ear­ly Oc­to­ber when hos­ting an an­nual fun­drai­sing ga­la that will pay tri­bute to the Rat Pack era made fa­mous by Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin and Sam­my Da­vis Jr.

HVT pre­sident Ka­li­na Skuls­ka says the ga­la is the theatre’s op­por­tu­ni­ty to thank the pa­trons who sup­port the pro­fes­sio­nal En­glish-lan­guage theatre throu­ghout the year.

“We want to give them a ve­ry en­joyable eve­ning that’s part show and part friend­ly mixer,” she said.

Part­ne­ring again with C2 En­ter­tain­ment, which brought the ve­ry suc­cess­ful Sum­mer of Love show to Hud­son in Ju­ly, the Oct. 5 ga­la will fea­ture tri­bute show Me­mo­ries of the Rat Pack. Cal­led the “best Rat Pack show in North Ame­ri­ca,” pa­trons will be able to choose bet­ween at­ten­ding one of two per­for­mances - 5 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Skuls­ka said the tri­bute will trans­port au­diences to the ear­ly 1960s and the Las Ve­gas Sands Ho­tel over which Si­na­tra, Martin and Da­vis Jr. rei­gned su­preme.

It will fea­ture more than 40 hits in­clu­ding: My Way, Eve­ry­bo­dy Loves So­me­bo­dy, Mr. Bo­jangles, and more.

“It’s done by a phe­no­me­nal group of six mu­si­cians and three in­cre­di­bly ta­len­ted sin­gers who are just ama­zing in their im­per­so­na­tions of the Rat Pack,” Skuls­ka said. Me­mo­ries of the Rat Pack has tou­red all across Ca­na­da and the U.S., as well as se­ve­ral times throu­ghout Eu­rope.


Be­fore each show guests will be of­fe­red ca­te­red foods crea­ted by chefs from Ca­ram­bo­la Res­tau­rant in Hud­son un­der an en­or­mous fully co­ve­red tent set up in the theatre’s par­king lot. “It will have a won­der­ful li­ving room-like mo­tif that will be a ta­keoff of the Sands Ho­tel,” Skuls­ka ex­plai­ned.

Sta­ging the tent will be ar­ti­sans from Hud­son’s Two Barn Owls bou­tique.

And guests will be able to buy raffle ti­ckets for a chance to win one of ma­ny Rat Pack the­med gift bas­kets. There will al­so be a silent auc­tion. Skuls­ka said the tent por­tion of the eve­ning will al­low people to mingle and to meet and greet those they might not know.

“It’s going to be ve­ry friend­ly. People won’t be limited to ha­ving to know eve­ryone.”

Skuls­ka, who did not want to dis­close the theatre’s fi­nan­cial goal for the eve­ning, said funds rai­sed this year would be used to pay for such things as new mu­si­cal ins­tru­ments.

“It al­so gives us the op­por­tu­ni­ty to pay for fu­ture shows and to en­hance and do things in the theatre,” she said.

Last year’s ga­la, for example, paid for a new ligh­ting board and im­pro­ve­ments to other parts of the ligh­ting sys­tem, as well as co­ve­ring the cost of the ins­tal­la­tion of new au­dience sea­ting rai­lings. Work was ad­di­tio­nal­ly done last year on the theatre’s ba­se­ment le­vel. “It doesn’t sound sexy, I know,” Skuls­ka said with a laugh, “but it nee­ded doing.” For ga­la ti­ckets call the Vil­lage Theatre box of­fice at 450 458-5361, or go to www.vil­la­ge­

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