There is nothing more relaxing and mellow than the music written and performed by Richard and Karen Carpenter. “Carpenters Once More” opened the performance season in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre at the Pearson Lakes Art Center last Wednesday night.
Diana Lynn and her husband Keith Allynn filled the theatre with the sounds of the Carpenters.
We recognized Keith from his performance at PLAC a couple of years ago with his Neil Diamond Tribute show. He is so talented, so his antics on the stage while backing up his wife on keyboards, trumpet, etc. were very entertaining. He was worth the price of the ticket himself.
Diana, a Clinton native, made so many costume changes that I lost count. There were four different wedding dresses and countless other colorful outfits. She made those changes behind a decorative screen, sometimes in 30 seconds! It was amazing to watch.
I really enjoyed the pictures of the Carpenters that were shown on a large screen. It was interesting to learn the history behind the brother and sister duo.
Keith also led us through a lesson in how the siblings used their own voices, prerecorded, to serve as backup harmony on their recordings. It was very educational.
We were treated to a comedy routine by Debi Diamond immediately prior to intermission. She, along with the Allynns, live and perform in Branson, Missouri, when not out touring the country.
We the audience really enjoyed singing along on “Top of the World,” and I thought we did it rather well.
The Dick Bauman Big Band will begin their gig at the art center on Memorial Day and play every Monday night through Labor Day. The next show at the PLAC will take place on June 16 outdoors and will feature the Borderline Outlaws.
I am delighted that we are returning to some semblance of normalcy where live entertainment is concerned this summer. Get out and enjoy!