CHERAW – Veterans Day is approaching and time has come once again to honor those who serve our country and have proven their loyalty to their fellowmen and families.
The On Stage Theatre Group in conjunction with the Cheraw Arts Commission is sponsoring their annual “A Musical Tribute to Veterans” beginning tonight through Saturday (Oct. 6-7) at Theatre on the Green. Showtime for both nights is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, however, due to limited seating tickets may be picked up at the Cheraw Arts Commission.
With the approval of On Stage and the Cheraw Arts Commission, two local veterans groups will also be present to accept donations at the theatre door. All donations are optional for those who wish to contribute.
Rev. Bill Oldland of St. David’s Episcopal Church will present the opening dialogue followed by a variety of musical entertainment.
Listed below are just a few of the people who have helped make every Veterans Day in Cheraw a huge success.
∑ Rev. Bill Oldland
Rev. Bill Oldland moved to Cheraw in Feb. 07 as Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church. He also serves as Youth Pastor at St. David’s. Since coming to Cheraw, he has been very involved in the community as well as a member of the Ministerial Association. He is responsible for hosting the first annual Jazz Mass at St. David’s this year. He will also serve as the announcer for this year’s event.
∑ Rev. Kyle Henderson
Rev. Kyle Henderson is the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church and is a regular participant in the On Stage Productions. In “The Tribute to Broadway” he captured the audience with his rendition of “If I were a Rich Man”. He played the bagpipes at last year’s event, which is truly a unique talent.
∑ Anne Bryan
Anne Bryan has been the musical director for many years for On Stage Productions. In 05 and in 07, she worked closely with the Tributes to Broadway. This is the third years Bryan has shared her talents and has been the musical director for the Tribute to our Veterans. She serves as an organist, choir director in Charlotte, N.C, Fl., Va., and while in Germany in the Base Chapels. Anne teaches voice and piano lessons.
Special recognitions are also given to On Stage Theatre Group Director/Dialogue Pat Smith, Musical Director Anne Bryan, Cheraw Community Arts Commission Director Lindsey Bennett, Announcer Rev. Bill Oldland, Set Design-Jack Smith, Lights-Cathy Hess, and Percussionists Chuck Hegwer and Tony Dinkins.
On Stage and the Cheraw Arts Commission extends a special thank you to everyone who supports all of the veterans and to all who participated in this year’s events. “We will never forget the sacrifices that was made for our freedom,” said Smith.