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Voices of ANGELS

(ran PW PS editions of Pasco Times)

The When Angels Sing variety show in memory of one woman and her good deeds will feature 30 singing, dancing and comedy acts.

Two years ago, after his wife, Juanita, died at age 54 after a brief illness, Ron Haines decided to keep her memory alive by holding a fundraiser for three local charities. He called his friend Jimmy Ferraro at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson to help him put it together.

The result was When Angels Sing, a benefit variety show in memory of Juanita L. Haines at the Show Palace.

The benefit went so well that Haines and the Show Palace are doing it again. This year's version, set for Aug. 21, features 30 singing, dancing and comedy acts, plus a dedication speech by Haines recalling his wife's good deeds.

Among the performers are Mary Anne Edwards and Mark Pennington, reprising the scenes from Phantom of the Opera that they did for the Palace's musical revue, Broadway ... Off Broadway earlier this season. The excerpt includes Think of Me, Music of the Night and Phantom of the Opera.

Also in the lineup are former Broadway actors Ferraro, singing Mama, and Dee Etta Rowe, doing Without a Song and the show finale, Angels Among Us.

Many of the other performers have appeared in shows at the Palace and at Ferraro's former theater, the Angel "garden cafe" Theatre in Holiday.

Samara Williams, who played the title role in the Palace's recent production of Annie, will sing Swinging on a Star; Joe Lawrence, who co-starred in La Cage aux Folles and plays Jud Fry in Oklahoma! at the Palace, will sing Temptation; dancers from the Studio of Performing Arts will sing and dance Chattanooga Choo-Choo; and Sara DelBeato, who has played in La Cage, Oklahoma! and other shows, will sing What Do I Want I Don't Have Now?

Comic Stephen DeFiore will do a routine, the group Po will perform a Tahitian dance, the duo Joanne & Jeanine will do Irish step dancing, country singer Crystal Lee will sing Happy Girl and Carla Becker will sing The Lord's Prayer.

And that's only about half of the acts in the show.

Proceeds from the show will be split among Hernando-Pasco Hospice, The Alzheimer's Family Organization and the Good Samaritan Clinic.

The late Mrs. Haines was executive nursing director for the Pasco County Health Department and helped organize the county's first World's Greatest Baby Shower, a party to collect items for expectant parents. She was chairwoman for the Healthy Start Coalition and a counselor and trainer for the Boy Scouts of America.

To reserve a spot for the show, send a check with name, address and telephone number, along with the number of tickets and category ($50 or $35) to Alzheimer's Family Organization, P.O. Box 1939, New Port Richey, FL 34656, to the attention of Dominick DePetrillo. Checks should be made payable to Robert D. May, M.D. Foundation.