Trustus Theatre Managing Director Larry Hembree hosts Larry's Bring Your Own Dinner Dinner Theatre, Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Trustus, 520 Lady Street in the Congaree Vista. Act I will feature the hilarious talents of some "lovely ladies" that were "kicked off the Lawrence Welk Show", with special Guest Patti O'Furniture. Act II will fill the air with wonderful music as the Dick Goodwin Trio takes the stage with some of Trustus' most popular vocalists. Trustus celebrates its 30th Anniversary season beginning in September and all proceeds to offset operating costs at theatre. There are also other opportunities to donate to the theatre whether you attend the event or not.

A ticket to this event gets you in. Hembree, not interesting in catering any event, asks you to bring your own dinner but buy your drinks at the Trustus bar. He strongly suggests that you go by Yesterday's and get some meatloaf or quiche, What a Burger in West Columbia for some of their amazing chicken gizzards or Lizard's Thicket for some country liver pudding. He does not recommend Chick Fil-A under any circumstances.

The first act, promising to be the worst dinner theatre ever, features three "lovely women," formerly from the Lawrence Welk Show singing and telling you all about former lives being on the show and maybe will even feature some hulahooping and old people dance music. This trio of lovelies features Miss Loreen DeMint (born and raised in upstate South Carolina,) Miss Polly Gripp, and Miss Tess Tickles with a special appearance by Miss Patti O'Furniture and maybe even Lawrence Welk himself. Performing in this act, besides Hembree are Gerald Floyd, Jason Watkins, Joe Hudson, Jim Mooney and Miss O'Furniture.

Act Two will feature the best of dinner theatre and the Dick Goodwin trio with singers Kim Harne, Sam McWhite, Katrina Blanding, Janet Hopkins, Caroline Weidner and Avery Bateman. The Dick Goodwin Trio features Goodwin, Jim Hall and Craig Butterfield. The focus of act two will be a celebration of some the world's greatest women songwriters including Cindy Lauper, Carole King, Billie Holiday and Dorothy Fields.

The Trustus bar opens at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are 20.00 and can be purchased online at

Dress is tacky tourist bad dinner theatre attire.

The objective of the evening is to have fun but also help Trustus live at least as long as Mr. Welk did (89 years) so we are asking Trustus patrons to consider starting the celebration of our 30th season by considering a donation of 30.00 per month for 12 months, becoming a member of the new Trustus Preservation Society for 500.00 or purchasing one of the last 50 stars to adorn the comfortable seats as part of the Trustus Encore Campaign. Stars are 1000.00 each and can be purchased in one lump or in installments.

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