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Concert ends this week

Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles in a musical journey, all without leaving Selma.

The Selma Community Concert Association and Springer Theatricals present “Route 66,” a rocking performance of late 1950s and early 1960s doo-wop musical numbers, on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Pickard Auditorium.

Springer Theatricals is a touring group of the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga.

“It’s just a really funny show,” said Doris Holland, president of the Selma Community Concert Association.

The show meets service station attendants, truck drivers, bus drivers, cowboys and hippies, as characters sing items that depict their location along the route of Route 66.

This is the second time this show has toured to Selma and it is back by popular demand, according to Hazel Salter, ticket secretary.

Shows in the series are usually available only for season ticket holders, but because this show has much interest, additional tickets are available at the Selma-Dallas County Library and the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce for $30 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“People had requested they would like to come but they didn’t have tickets,” Salter said.

So, this performance was then opened to the public. Many tickets are still available, Salter said.

Holland feels this season of shows has been successful.

“We did very well with our re-sale season membership tickets,” Holland said. “We sold enough to pay for our concerts all this year. It was very, very nice.”

The upcoming season will feature a new type of performance that no one should miss.

“Next season we are going to have something that’s really exciting and really different,” Holland said. “It’s a magic and illusion show. It’s called the Spencers: Theatre of Illusion. Right now in New York and Las Vegas that is the thing. They bring huge crowds. These people are the number one ranked illusion show in the United States, so it’s not just a fly-by-night type show.”

Selma Community Concert Series has entertained Selma for 70 years.