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Ventriloquist brings his puppets on parade

You could call Homer Noodleman a one-man parade.

He sings, plays eight different musical instruments, does comedy, is a magician, does impressions of famous people and, to top it off, is a ventriloquist, which means he can be several people at once.

On March 30, Noodleman will bring his parade of puppets and talents to the Show Palace in Hudson for a special Easter Gala Parade Show.

"This is very much a family show," said Don Valente, house manager and music director for the Palace. It's geared toward a range of ages, and the special buffet dinner will have items to appeal to all ages, too, he said.

Noodleman plans to spotlight his ventriloquist dolls, and the second act in the show, singer Tina McCann, will perform old and new songs from the past 50 years.

Noodleman, a native of England, father of three children, and a lifetime performer on stage and television, prides himself on being able to entertain grown-ups while enthralling children.

"I do adult comedy, but never use a four-letter word," he says. For years, in fact, a big part of his business was the Magic Puppet Show he gave in elementary schools, libraries, theaters, cruise ships, child care centers and on television.

Now, he mostly performs on cruise ships in the Caribbean, the Baltic and the Mediterranean and tours with bands as a singer.

Still, the Spring Hill resident enjoys doing the shows with audiences that include kids, baby boomers and retirees.

"I put this show together years ago," Noodleman says. "They said, "There's no room for variety any more.' I said, "There's room for everything if it's packaged right.' "

Singer Tina McCann's half-hour segment will include songs from the musicals Beauty and the Beast and Cats, plus medleys of favorite tunes from the '40s, '60s and '90s.

Ms. McCann has been a member of the New Nostalgics singing group from Hernando County and now performs at retirement homes, assisted-living centers and other venues in the Suncoast area.

Pianist Debbie Pagliano will perform during the dinner.

If you go

Easter Gala Parade Show at 2 p.m. March 30 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show $26.95, including tax and gratuity. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., dinner at 2 p.m., show immediately following. Call 863-7949 in West Pasco; all other, toll free at 1-888-655-7469. Major credit cards accepted.

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