What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — unless it makes its way to Manchester.
The Manchester Valley High School theater will become the venue for a performance by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in the Rat Pack Together Again to support local Lions Clubs and their community programs.
Skilled impersonators will fill the roles of the famous trio, recalling the acts that drew crowds to the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in the 1960s, performing songs, skits, tap routines and assorted banter between the three.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Manchester Valley High, 3300 Maple Grove Road. Tickets are $25, available at the door or ahead of time through local Lions Clubs. The Manchester-Lineboro club ticket contact is Guy Garey 443-929-1558 and the Westminster contact is 443-398-4934.
Tickets are still available. The show runs just under two hours and is broken into two parts.
Sands said for him, the love of Sinatra goes back to listening to Rat Pack records with his parents as kid.
“At that time at an early age, I fell in love with the music and the lyrics and everything those guys did,” he said. This has led to almost 20 years of performing as Old Blue Eyes at venues around the country.
He said he has studied Sinatra’s mannerisms for performance, but the vocals came naturally when he started performing the songs. His favorite, according to his website, is “Luck be a Lady.”
“It’s all clean, great stuff,” Sands said. “Being with the other two performers really brings you back to that era.”
Garey said last October, there was a similar performance in Carroll, and though the turnout was not as high as they would have liked, guests came away impressed. The acoustic merits of the Manchester Valley auditorium add to the performance. Garey said Lions Club fundraisers are usually held within one club, but the bigger event has been an opportunity for several clubs to come together.
"The beauty of [the performance] is ... it will bring back those memories for the people who were alive then they were alive," he said.
Many may be attracted to the Rat Pack performance by nostalgia, but Garey said young people will enjoy the show, too.
“I tell a lot of people, ‘You may not have heard of them that you know, but I guarantee that you’ve heard [the] music and you probably like the music,’” he said.