Bright lights of Vegas come to Cobb: Show at Strand to benefit Humane Society, theater
by Sally Litchfield
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The Earl Smith Strand Theatre brings Vegas back to Marietta in its musical revue, The Vegas Show 2013, to benefit the Humane Society of Cobb County and The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. <br> Special to the MDJ
The Earl Smith Strand Theatre brings Vegas back to Marietta in its musical revue, The Vegas Show 2013, to benefit the Humane Society of Cobb County and The Earl Smith Strand Theatre.
Special to the MDJ
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After his retirement, philanthropy became Strand Executive Producer Steve Imler’s passion, quickly calling him to local community issues and activities such as the arts and the Humane Society.
After his retirement, philanthropy became Strand Executive Producer Steve Imler’s passion, quickly calling him to local community issues and activities such as the arts and the Humane Society.
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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Not so on March 7 through 10 when the Earl Smith Strand Theatre brings Vegas back to Marietta in its musical revue, The Vegas Show 2013 to benefit the Humane Society of Cobb County and The Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

“(The Vegas Show) is a unique combination of two of my main passions, the arts — and the Strand in particular — and the Humane Society of Cobb County,” said Executive Producer Steve Imler, who serves as chairman of the Humane Society and Vice Chair of the Strand’s Board.

Imler, an Alabama native who retired to the historic district of Marietta from Vinings in 2000, enjoyed success that allowed him to retire earlier than most people. Philanthropy became his passion, quickly calling him to local community issues and activities such as the arts and the Humane Society.

According to Imler, The Vegas Show 2013 promises to be bigger and better than the 2012 production retaining high energy excitement with showgirls, singers and dancers. This year’s production, in line with the current Las Vegas trends, is kid-friendly (including a teenage heartthrob boy band) and features musical tributes to Vegas classics such asThe Temptations and Elvis and current popular musical acts including Madonna and Justin Bieber. New to the show this year is a homage to Wayne Newton and Celine Dion.

“The show will be a whole lot of singing and dancing. It just doesn’t stop,” Imler said.

Last year’s production of The Vegas Show was a huge success with a packed house for every show. The in-house production, directed by the Strand Theatre’s Executive Director Earl Reece, was captivating with its fast paced song and dance numbers and flashy and over-the-top style, in true Vegas fashion. Many audience members said it was one of the best shows they had seen at The Strand, and immediately after the final performance it was decided that the show would return in 2013.

“The causes are a good draw, but people should just come to have a good time. It’s a great community experience that combines fun with a good purpose. This is a wonderful time to see the Strand at its best,” Imler said.

Showtimes are March 7, March 8, March 9 at 8 p.m. and March 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $28 with assigned seating.

For more information or tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the box office at (770) 293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m , and two hours before the show.
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Jo Ann Hammel
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February 28, 2013
Please clarify the statement regarding an expanded no-kill shelter to make clear that the Humane Society is a no-kill shelter. The animals that cannot be held indefinitely do not apply to the Humane Society, but other shelters,largely tax-funded.

Since the Humane Society has limited space more cats than dogs can be kept, thus leaving our dog population at risk in terms of their finding a home.

Thank you.
Jo Ann L. Hammel
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February 27, 2013
Let's all support these two great jewels in the Cobb County community!

Having come from St. Petersburg, Florida which did not preserve the "Florida Theatre", its Art Deco era Strand counterpart, but razed it in deference to a parking garage, I am encouraged to live in a city that sees the value of the Strand.

As well, I would exhort everyone to come along side of the "dream" that I hold for an expanded no-kill shelter that can save the many dogs who, because of space, cannot be held indefinitely.
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