On one of the hottest nights of the Summer of 2015 season SeniorCare Inc was able to get a couple hundred folks to head on out to the Historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts to see some great stand up comedy acts. The event was being held as a fundraiser for the organization SeniorCare Inc SeniorCare Inc currently serves an area that is comprised of more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. They provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The staff and volunteers allows residents to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remain part of the community.
The comedy night was hosted by David Rattigan who is a local Beverly resident that entertained the crowd with his witty and local comedy which was great for folks who are from around the area. He took you from Manchester by the Sea all the way to Gloucester but remember folks its only comedy. The second comedian of the night was Stephen Bjork who entertained the crowd with stories of living with his kids to growing up at the supermarket. From being a single man shopping to being that married man who is at the grocery store and is calling the wife every five seconds to ask what the next item is on the list.
The headliner of the night was Paul D'Angelo who brings his amazing style of comedy right from the start. From talking about growing up with his small Italian mother to going to the doctors for his over 50 checkup. Paul made you laugh from the moment he entered the stage to the minute he left. One really good thing about Paul's style is that he has the ability to not plan his shows and it was shown tonight that he really tried to gear his show towards the audience from SeniorCare Inc. He brought up stories about living with folks who are older to dealing with them as they got even older. Although he was still able to bring it all full circle and make you not feel like you were left out at all during the show even if you didn't have an affiliation with SeniorCare Inc.
All in all The Larcom does it again with another hilarious night of comedy for the local community and they continue to provide entertaining content to the community of Beverly. Their next big show is comedy on June 13 as Jimmy Tingle will take the stage. For more information please visit their web site at www.LarcomTheatre.com. For more information on SeniorCare Inc please visit www.SeniorCareInc.org.
Mark Allen Wood
Last night at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts, Frank Santos Jr entertained the very large crowd with his Rated-R comedy Hypnotism show. The show kicked off with a bang as he was able to get a bunch of folks from the audience who were looking the quit smoking, eat healthier and relax smoother to volunteer to come on stage and be part of the show.
During the show he brings the audience to the edge of their seats almost to the point that you’re going to pee yourself laughing, no pun intended. During this 2 hour show the volunteers who were on stage had to perform hits from Frank Sinatra and Taylor Swift all while under hypnosis. Plus folks on stage had to be part of other crazy things, which included having sexual pleasure just by sitting in their seats, feeling like they had to pee and thinking that everyone in the audience was naked and freaking out about it. Frank has been performing for over 20 years and in this show he showcased why. One person in the audience said “it didn’t disappoint as I could not stop myself from laughing”. Another one said while the show was going on “This is amazing, how does he do it?”
Frank travels the country performing this act and the next time he is in your neighborhood you should head on out to see him. Every show is different since there are new volunteers every time. If you visit our web site at www.wood-media.com you can see some video highlights form the show at the Larcom that will make you die laughing.
The Larcom Theatre has a great lineup of shows for the summer of 2015 so be sure to head on over to www.LarcomTheatre.com for more information. Jimmy Thingle will be performing on June 13th, 2015 at 8pm and this is one comedy show you don’t want to miss out on.
Once again the Cabot delivers. The crowd was movin’ and groovin’. Acapella is making a comeback and it feels so right. The house was full tonight when two acapella groups sung and harmonized their way into the ears and hearts of many.
The first act to come out on stage was a group called The Unwanted Bridesmaids. They did a thirty minute performance and I was skeptical to say the least. Their most talented singer seemed hidden almost off to the side like she was hopefully going to be forgotten about. Half way through the set I was falling asleep. The harmonies were off and the arrangements were weak. Now I must admit that for a group that is somewhat new and had only performed live twice before they were not bad. However it seemed like they couldn’t even take the time to practice in the basement or something. By the end of the opening act I was glad to see them go!
However when the headliner group “From Out Of Town” came to the change it seemed as if the whole theater lit up with energy and excitement. The singers were spot on, the harmonies were in sync and the arrangements were new, unique and well put together. The group made sure to mention each soloist although it would have been nice to have them go and introduce each member of the group separately. It must be said that the soloists that were chosen for each song that was sung was spot on. You could tell that there was thought, passion and mostly time and practice put into their performances.
The audience participation section in the show was so much fun. The individuals who did the “beat-boxing” had so much energy and really enjoyed showcasing their talents and trying to get audience members involved and ultimately to enjoy themselves which is exactly what happened. There was constant clapping, cheering and excitement throughout the whole second half of the show. It would have been nice to showcase each member of the group with a solo performance however, due to time constraints it is understandable why this was not possible. It cannot be said enough however how from an audience member’s perspective one member did not seem singled out or forgotten.
This group has so much going for them including but not limited to multiple albums and being seen on multiple television programs. They are also currently touring various parts of the United States and Canada. If you have the opportunity please be sure to check various forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter for their pages and upcoming performances and show-times you’ll be so glad you did.
The next big show to hit The New Cabot is on May 17th & 18th when Beverly native Angie Miller comes to town for two hot shows. The first show on May 17th is already sold out and according to part theater owner Paul Van Ness the second show is selling out fast. For tickets please visit www.TheCabot.org .
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.