The Coconut Grove Players, which consists of six performers, will be in town on July 13 and 14 to bring their family-style variety show to Cherokee County.
Comedian and magician Dennis Aloia, who has been a resident of the Canton area for nearly 25 years, is glad he has the opportunity to give back to Canton.
“(We’re) trying to provide a high-quality level of entertainment,” Aloia said. “I love the county and if I could help in any way, I will.”
Hosted by comedian Mike Aloia, the variety show is about two hours long with a 15-minute intermission.
The other performers in the variety show include Peter Hefty, “America’s hippest ventriloquist;” Adam Boehmer, a juggler; Mimi Johnson, an R&B singer; and Gabriel Russo, who sings “the music of Frank Sinatra.”
“It’s going to be a lot of laughs,” said Aloia.
Bob Seguin Sr., the manager of the Canton Theatre, is excited to have the Coconut Grove Players at the theater, citing the great performance he saw before.
Seguin said that this performance of the variety show “is a more extended show.”
“Dennis (Aloia) has other things going on this time around,” he said. “The music is new and it’s going to be great family entertainment.”
Still, the comedy group is encouraging businesses to purchase tickets that will be donated to children in foster care and children who are a part of the Special Olympics.
“Times can be tough for these families,” Aloia said. “I wanted to give them an opportunity to come out and have some fun.”
According to the group, sponsors who buy at least 10 tickets to be donated will be recognized at the show for their participation.
The show starts at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at www.tix.com using the keywords “Canton Theatre.”
Aloia understands that downtown Canton is trying to spark back to life and knows that the variety show, along with other upcoming performances, will help that cause.
“The downtown area wants to be revitalized,” Aloia said. “The restaurants and businesses there need support and helping the theater could benefit the area as a whole.
Other events coming to the Canton Theater soon include “Greater Tuna,” a show put on by the North Georgia Acting Company, on July 20, 21 and 22, as well as the gospel music group Jeff and Sheri Easter on Aug. 17.