July 4th to end with great entertainment
By Jan Rahn
An accomplished actor with an endless list of television/radio commercials, films and movies in his repertoire is coming to the stage on July 4th at Grant City Park.
Following a full day of fun activities, entertainment for the evening just prior to the fireworks show will be Earl Bates in the role of Will Rogers.
Sponsored by the Perkins County Area Arts Council, Bates’ performance is a fun show that takes a wry look at the crazy world through the bewildered eyes of Rogers, one of the world’s most beloved and trusted personalities of the early 1900s.
Bates began entertaining audiences at the age of six, destined to become an award-winning actor, director, writer, musician, producer, agent, performing artist, manager and educator.
For nearly 30 years he has performed on dozens of stages in scores of productions, receiving the Theater Actors Guild award for best actor in a musical in his title role of the Will Rogers Follies at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
He has conducted countless acting classes and theatrical workshops and served as a creative drama teacher in residence at the Nebraska School for the Deaf for over nine years.
The energetic entertainer still finds time to play guitar and sing in clubs and at concerts, host an acoustic jam, ride a motorcycle, make home improvements and go sailing.
He wrote and compiled his current tour of “Will Rogers in the 21st Century” which he will perform at the bandshell in Grant City Park on July 4th at 7:30 following the local talent show and prior to the fireworks shows.
This is one performance you don’t want to miss!