2018-04-15 / News

Kiwanis Kapers to present comedy show April 19-21

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — The 70th annual Kiwanis Kapers, a variety show put on by the members of the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer, hits the Lapeer High School stage April 19-21, and the 50-plus member organization has been hard at work for months planning each skit, song and comedy routine. This year’s iteration of the variety show is centered around the theme of “New Year’s Eve 1969,” and will feature skits, musical selections and acts focused on the climate of euphoria and trepidation that held throughout the nation as the calendar flipped to a new decade.

Kapers is a showcase of the hidden skills of Kiwanis members, and while the performers take the event seriously, it’s all in good fun and for a good cause. “It’s truly a variety, all centered around the same time period,” said Kiwanis Club of Lapeer President Sarah Kaake-Barker. “We have musical acts, talented actors, not so talented actors that will be making a fool of themselves, it’s a great time.” Proceeds generated by the event fund the club’s efforts to enhance the community, and the family friendly show often draws hundreds of attendees each year.

According to Kiwanis Club of Lapeer president-elect Matt Rodda, the fun of Kapers is all about raising the money the club will use throughout the year to support causes in the community. “It’s meant to be funny and highlight the talent of the Kiwanis of Lapeer, or in my case, the lack thereof,” he said. “It’s for the kids of Lapeer and any way we can help or support, and if we have to make people laugh, that’s what we’ll do.”

This year’s show promises to be no different. Taking place over the weekend of April 19-21, with tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under, Kapers is the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer’s largest fundraiser of the year, and with this year’s iteration the 70th consecutive, the show is often referred to as the longest-running variety show in Michigan.

According to Rodda, the theme was selected to align with the fact the show is the club’s 70th, and will feature unique takes on eraappropriate shows like Heehaw and Tonight Show, as well as other skit shows and popular comedies of the decade.

Each performer is easily recognizable as a member of the Lapeer-area business community. And while some, like Kapala Heating and Cooling’s Emily Barber and Lapeer Gold and Diamond’s Steve Starking, are already known throughout the community as talented performers, Kapers provides an opportunity for other area businesspeople to let loose and provide a few laughs to the community the club serves. “We’ve got a whole bunch of new members this year,” said Kaake-Barker. “All three shows will be different.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.kiwanislapeer.org. A limited number of tickets are also available at Lapeer Gold and Diamond, Kapala’s Heating and Cooling, and Macomb Monument. The Thursday, April 19 show of Kiwanis Kapers will begin at 7 p.m., while the Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Lapeer supports dozens of local charities and organizations, often focusing on groups that work on behalf of children. Meeting each week for a public lunch at the Lapeer Center (Building) on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., the club is part of an international organization that features more than 600,000 members across 80 countries globally.

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