TRAVERSE CITY -- Some new faces, fast-paced entertainment and the usual spoofing are on the lineup when the Traverse City Noon Club Rotarians stage their 66th annual Rotary Show April 16-19.

The show runs at Lars Hockstad Auditorium inside Central Grade School. Doors open at 7 p.m. each evening, with a pre-show beginning at 7:30 and the 65-member mixed Rotary Chorus kicking off the 8 p.m. show.

The performance is directed by Phil Murphy, who along with chorus co-directors Dave Milross and Al Bonney and a sizeable support staff are again orchestrating the spring ritual.

"We've got some new acts and faces in the performance queue this year," said Murphy, also director of Old Town Playhouse.

Started in 1942 during World War II, the show originally was conceived to give Traverse City residents something to laugh about during one of the grimmest periods in U.S. history. Over the years, it has evolved from a single vaudeville minstrel-type presentation to the non-stop, four-evening variety show that has characterized recent productions.

Tickets are $8 and available from any of the club's nearly 300 members or at the door. They're also available at Holiday and Terrace Shopper Stores, Fawcett Dopke Agency and in downtown Traverse City at American Spoon Foods, Annie's and Petertyl Drugs. This year they're also available online for the first time at

Proceeds from the shows have raised hundreds of thousands for Rotary's Good Works grant recipients and other Outreach Fund activities throughout the region.

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