Variety show offers fun for entire family

Quiana Parler will be performing in the “Let The Good Times Roll” variety show this weekend.

Brad and Jennifer Moranz are offering up a good time this weekend at the Charleston Music Hall.

With a large cast of characters, “Let the Good Times Roll” sounds like it would be a great time for the whole family. The musical variety show boasts songs from Broadway, pop, Motown, country, rock ’n’ roll and gospel by artists such as Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Josh Groban, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Elvis and more.

Expect to see Brad Moranz, who was on Broadway for “Singin’ in the Rain”; Jennifer Moranz, a former Radio City Rockette and featured dancer in “42nd Street” on Broadway; Ron Remke, lead tenor in “The Producers” for the Westchester Broadway Theater and one of the renowned 12 Tenors in Branson, Mo.; Casey Thompson, a finalist on “America’s Next Singing Sensation” on the NBC “Today” Show and most recently toured with “American Idol” artists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard on their Timeless Tour, singing background vocals as well as duets with both artists; Michael Minor, emcee and lead vocalist for the “Shoji Tabuchi Show” in Branson, Mo., and featured singer in Caesar’s Palace’s “Magical Empire” in Las Vegas; and last but certainly not least, Charleston’s very own Quiana Parler and Tiffany Parker.

There will be an orchestra on stage led by Eddie Wilson, former musical director for Tony Orlando, and a chorus of 11 dancers: Caroline Walsaek, Monica Fabunan, Lindsay Jackson, Abigail Ruz, Renee Mattson, Stephanie Bussell, Kimi Hugli, Travis Musgrove, Kedrick Pasley, and former Charleston Ballet Theatre dancers Stephen Gabriel and Jonathan Tabbert.

“This show is full of incredible performances by some of the most talented singers, dancers and musicians from all over the country. And besides that, it’s just great fun for the whole family,” Brad Moranz said.

“My wife, Jenny, and I love the variety show format, because it gives each entertainer the opportunity to do what he or she does best, so the whole show is full of knockout performances,” said Moranz, who is also a producer.

There will only be a few performances of “Let the Good Times Roll” this weekend: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday, all at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets range from $16-$34 and are available online at etix.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

If you’re an animal and art lover, this is for you.

Wine and Design and Pet Helpers have teamed up to put together a special fundraiser in addition to their monthly “Paint Your Pet” class.

“Each month, Wine and Design instructors paint one Pet Helpers adoptable animal while attendees paint their own pets. At the time of adoption, the featured pet’s new family receives the animal’s portrait to take home with them,” explains Heather Speizman of Wine and Design.

Today, however, they will still be creating and donating a painting, plus more. All of the proceeds from today’s class will be donated to Pet Helpers. Of course, all the artists in the class will still be going home with their own new creation.

“At Wine and Design, all you have to do is sign up, show up, sip up,” Speizman said. “Your canvas, paints, paintbrushes and corkscrew will be waiting as a local artist helps you create that night’s featured painting. You go home with new friends, great memories and a newly created masterpiece that shows off your ‘inner artist.’ No experience in painting? No problem, our local artists will guide you step-by-step.”

Sounds like a fun night out with a group of friends.

Today’s class will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Wine and Design in Mount Pleasant, 424 Broadway St. The cost is $65 per person and includes the class, your take-home painted canvas, wine and appetizers.

Attendance is limited. Go to www.wineanddesignus.com/MountPleasant.html or call 388-7857 for more info.

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has just announced its 2012-13 Dinner Theater Series, which will feature four performances — in September, November, February and March — each accompanied by dinner.

“Guests are served a candlelit dinner at 7 p.m., then sit back to watch lively, and often interactive, performances by professional actors while enjoying dessert and tea or coffee,” explains arts coordinator Ann Simmons.

On Sept. 14, “The Gentleman Pirate” will be performed by Rodney Lee Rogers of Pure Theatre.

On Nov. 9, “When the Frost is On the Pumpkin” will be performed by Tim Lowry.

On Feb. 8, the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina will perform a romantic piece called “Waiting on You.”

On March 22, see “Forever Plaid” performed by The Flowertown Players.

These special dinner and show combos are always on a Friday evening at the Embassy Ballroom at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive.

“Season tickets are on sale now for $135 per person. Group discounts are available. Single performance tickets are priced at $40 and are available for purchase one month prior to each event.

“Patrons interested in forgoing dinner and enjoying the performance only may purchase ‘play only’ tickets for $15,” Simmons said.

Ticket price includes dinner, play and gratuity. A cash bar is available. Parking is free. Space is limited.

Contact Pam Smith at 740-5847 for tickets or more information.