Star-studded musical tribute to the USO shows of WWII

Staff Report
Published: 9/11/2019 3:29:07 PM

The Hopkinton-based theater group, the “Enter Stage Left Theater” along with the “Swing Big Band” are coming to Athol. Together, they will be recreating a USO Show called “SING! SING! SING!” at the Athol High School Auditorium, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m.

World War II ended more than 70 years ago. But the music, the dances, and the personalities are as fresh today as they were in the 1940s. In this family-friendly revival of a World War II-era USO show, with a combination of vintage and original material, the Enter Stage Left Theater brings it alive and on stage.

Hosted by Bob Hope (played by Mark Laumeister), this show features 30 songs, 20 vocalists, 10 dancers, and is accompanied by the “Les Brown Orchestra.” This vaudeville-style show includes musical numbers, dance routines and comedy sketches. You’ll enjoy performances by Gene Kelly, Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, the Andrews Sisters and many other stars.

SING! SING! SING! was performed for three sold-out shows in Hopkinton, and now they are taking it on the road for this one-time performance in Athol.

This show is sponsored by the Athol Veterans Park Development Corporation (AVPDC), a 501C non-profit organization, along with support from Athol Savings Bank and a private donor. The AVPDC was formed in 1998 by Bill Purple, Alan Bowers and Connie Zani, for the initial purpose of building the Athol Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Exchange Streets. Over a period of several years, the AVPDC raised over $300,000 through fundraising activities and private donations, built the Park, and subsequently donated it to the Town.

More recently, the AVPDC has paid tribute to our veterans by running the Operation Kimbolton Event at the Orange Airport in 2012 and 2013 complete with World War II aircraft. In 2015 the AVPDC brought in the Manhattan Dolls and in 2017, they brought in America’s Sweethearts, both Andrews Sisters impersonators, to near sell-out crowds in Athol.

Proceeds from past events have been used to support the Athol Veterans Park as well as for a $1,000 donation to the Athol Flagpole replacement project. Proceeds from this year’s show will go to the AVPDC and will be used for activities that recognize and pay tribute to our Veterans.

General admission tickets are $15 and on sale at the following locations: Brooks MacMannis Florist and Greenhouse in Athol, Trail Head in Orange, the Athol Council on Aging and the Erving Senior Center.

For further information, contact Cindy Hartwell on 978-828-7665 or email


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