Did you think the fun of The Carol Burnett Show could only be found in TV reruns?

Think again.

This month, the crazy antics of the beloved comedy variety program are coming to Uehling — with area residents staging comedic sketches and providing musical entertainment.

The public is invited to The Carol Burnett Show on Sept. 23-24 in Uehling Auditorium. The performance that Saturday evening will include a meal. The performance that Sunday afternoon will feature a dessert during the intermission.

Burnett and her writers have released some of their comedy sketches for theatrical groups through the Pioneer Drama Association.

So attendees of performances in Uehling will see nine different sketches and nine musical guest appearances. Audiences will hear the music of Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Nancy Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Roger Williams, Brenda Lee and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Musical guest performers will allow the cast to reset the stage for the different scenes.

Such scenes will include a coffee shop, a dance, a prison, rocking chairs on a porch, the home of an exterminator, a living room — and the home of “Starlett O’Hara where Rat Butler comes to visit.”

The Uehling Famous Follies and Drama Association (UFFDA) is presenting the show.

While children and youth have staged shows through UFFDA, area adults have not presented a performance for 18 months, said Terri Hoeneman, president.

“We were worried that if we didn’t make a commitment to stage a show, we would let the shows by the adults lapse,” she said. “Nobody wanted that to happen.”

Thus, a search was made for a show that wouldn’t require one or two large parts.

“There are no stars and several of us get to portray Carol Burnett, Harvey (Korman) or Lyle (Waggoner),” she said.

Show times are 6:30 p.m. for the meal on Sept. 23 with the play to follow. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $16.50 for the meal and show. The Sunday show starts at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for the show and dessert at intermission.

Advance reservations are absolutely needed, because food is being prepared, Hoeneman said. Walk-ins may be turned away depending on food availability.

For reservations, call Mitzi Anderson at 402-380-2780.

UFFDA, a nonprofit group, began in 2006 to help celebrate the town’s centennial.

Hoeneman hopes area residents will attend this latest production.

“Everyone loved The Carol Burnett Show,” she said, adding that proceeds will go for Logan View scholarships.

Logan View Girl Scouts, who are planning a travel opportunity in 2018, will prepare and serve the homemade chicken fried steak meal that Saturday night as a continuing fund-raising effort.

Sunday afternoon will feature four types of ice cream desserts made by UFFDA members with Judy Geisler in charge.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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