By Charlene Hoeflich firstname.lastname@example.org
November 20, 2013
POMEROY — Bruce Wolfe, a song and dance man from Meigs County who has spent the past 22 years with Disney’s Creative Entertainment, will be returning to the area to present a holiday show titled “A Merry Country Christmas with Bruce Wolfe and the Midnight Cloggers and Friends!” at the Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a 6:30 p.m. curtain time.
Wolfe describes the one night show as a “very special holiday stage show featuring lots of toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’, foot-stompin’ fun” as the performers go “over the river and through the woods to their annual Christmas party in the country to kick-off the holiday season with all their family and friends.” The presentation is divided into two acts with a 15 minute intermission.
The show features familiar holiday music, high-energy Appalachian clog dancing, and live vocal presentations highlighting the talents of area entertainers. Making appearances will be Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Sammy the Snowman. The VIP ticket holders will be given a special opportunity to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Sammie immediately following the show.
Wolfe began his career in the entertainment world at 16 and a student at Southern High School, when he produced a variety-style show as a fund raiser for the Racine Volunteer Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary for a charitable project. He began teaching Appalachian clogging dance classes at the Community Center in Hartford, W.Va. and then in 1987 formed the Midnight Cloggers while attending Ohio University.
The show team performed in several states, along with making special appearances at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, Dollywood theme park, Opryland USA, Sea World in Orlando, Kings Island and the Ohio State Fair. They also served as opening entertainment for several recording artists.
Bruce became a performing cast member in shows and parades for Walt Disney World Entertainment in 1991. His career there took him into training and development programs for new entertainment cast members, as well as staffing team members and management positions. On behalf of Walt Disney Company, he has traveled to Hong Kong, China at the Tokyo Disney land Resort in Tokyo, Japan, and to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also performed at special events in Canada, Minnesota and New York.
His current position has him working for Walt Disney Imagineering in the creative, design and development division of the company.
Last year, Wolfe reunited the the local performance group for a special celebration of its 25th anniversary with a show at the Ariel Theatre.
Over the past several months Wolfe has been traveling between Florida and Ohio for rehearsals with the local entertainers. Margie Wolfe is the event manager and Pattie Tarr the rehearsal coordinator, when the director is not available.
Cast members are Melanie Dudding, Daniel Dunham, Kayla Evens, Michelle Evans, Darby Gilmore, Mary Gilmore, Roger Gilmore, Betty Lathey, Alice Lawhorn, Debby McCoy, Judy McDaniel, Linda Montgomery, Alisa Ord, Alivia Ord, Kyle Ord, MacKenzie Runyon, MaKayla Runyon, Tyler Simmons, Betty Smith, Sheila Jo Spencer, Peggy Swaim, Patie Tarr, Laura May Wheeler, J. Dustin Williams, Chassidy Williams, Margie Wolfe, and Bruce Wolfe.
Tickets are now available at the Ariel Theatre Box Office by calling (740) 446-ARTS; by contacting Margie Wolfe at (740) 949-2917; or online at www.MidnightCloggers.com or www.ArielTheatre.org; tickets may also be available the night of the show, based on availability. General admission tickets are $6 each plus box office fees of $2. VIP Tickets are $10 each plus box office fees of $2.