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Songs of the '70s featured at Ligonier Theatre

Bill Pribisco | For Trib Total Media
Practicing the 'Locomotion' (from left) are Tamela La Foe of Johnstown, Cassidee Knott of Latrobe, Barry Shirey of Ligonier and Eric Harris of Mt. Pleasant. The Ligonier Valley Players rehearse music for “8 Track – The Sounds of the '70s.” Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17.

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By Cami Dibattista
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Dust off the leisure suits and platform shoes for Ligonier Theatre's upcoming musical “8 Track – the Sounds of the '70s.” Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17.

Music from The Carpenters, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers and Barry White will be featured.

“Over 57 tunes from the '70s will be performed,” said Eric Harris, executive director of the theater.

Harris, who is both directing and starting in the musical, said when he suggested the show to the board of directors, they immediately liked the idea.

“It's going to be a lot of fun. Lots of good music and they're songs people will know,” said Harris. Also staring in the show is Barry Shirey of Ligonier; Cassidee Knott of Latrobe; and Tamela Sue LaFoe of Johnstown.

“It's a very fast-paced show,” said Shirey. “It goes right from one song into another with not much of a break. Since we're only a cast of four we're moving around constantly. And when we're not on stage we're doing costume changes and singing melody in the background. I probably should have started working out before performing in this one!”

Shirey, who has been involved with the Valley Players of Ligonier for 22 years, said he enjoys working with Harris.

Shirey sings the tenor parts of the show, with LaFoe doing alto, Harris singing baritone and Knott performing soprano.

Tickets prices are $18 for adults and $12 for students 18 and under.

Reservations can be made at or by calling 724-238-6514.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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