With its first-ever Springtime Revue, Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church is set to host a variety of local and regional talent in a fundraiser that will benefit both the church and the community around it.
Congregation member Margaret Cook-Levy wanted to organize a silent auction to help install a new elevator in the church’s education building, which was needed to assist the elderly and people with disabilities. She approached Linda Combs, who helps run the church’s popular "God on Broadway" series, about doing a production, as well. They combined their efforts into the Springtime Revue and Silent Auction, with ticket sales from the revue going to the church’s mission fund.
With over 30 years of theater experience, Combs has put together a sterling production, featuring performers from all over the city of Savannah and regional acts. Reaching outside the church, Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel is set to perform a stand-up comedy routine. The church is using the revue as an opportunity to welcome people from outside the congregation.
“The main idea behind this event is for people — congregation and community members, locals and visitors alike — to come together and enjoy the delightful entertainment Savannah has to offer for a wonderful cause,” Combs said.
Featuring a bluegrass group, a pianist, a former U.S. Army singer, a barbershop quartet, dancers and more, the revue portion, which begins at 7:15 p.m., will be loaded with unique performances. Combs is helping to arrange a presentation of the opening number from “Phantom of the Opera” as well. Also a stand-up comedian, Combs has a little surprise in store for the audience.
“I am going to be doing a dance that’s kind of a surprise,” Combs said. “I am 73 and I am dancing with another guy. I am 5-foot-1, and he’s like 6-foot-2 and we’re doing a ballet with a little twist.”
For the silent auction starting at 6 p.m., a number of items have been donated to the church, including a trip to the mountains of North Carolina, a beach trip and a fishing trip. There will be artwork and a trip down the back river from Thunderbolt to Tybee up for grabs, too.
“This really incredible artist is going to have one of his paintings,” Combs said. “Just incredible stuff. Dinners out. It’s just going to be so much fun for family and friends. Children can come and enjoy it. It’s just for everybody. We want it to be big and successful.
“This is all done for the love of Asbury Memorial, because it’s a wonderful place,” Combs continued. “I love that place. It’s been a blessing to me. Many people who go there will tell you when you go through those doors and feel the love and care is there. We have such wonderful sermons. They touch your heart. We also do things that make us laugh and have fun. We turn no one away.”