By Dianne R. Davis
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Terry Fator Scores with “A Country Christmas” Show at The Mirage Through Christmas

Remember those traditional Christmas television shows where there was a knock at the door and a beloved celebrity came in to sing with the host.  It might have been Bing Crosby or Andy Williams or even a slapstick version with Carol Burnett.  We loved them and embraced the shows as part of the holiday and its spirit.

Las Vegas strip headliner Terry Fator has created his own version of the old classic holiday show.  Not surprising, as he is know to appreciate traditional entertainment and entertainers  Bottom line - Terry makes it work for himself and his audiences.

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But get there quick.  Terry has a contract to continue entertaining audiences at the Mirage, but this version of his show  - A Country Christmas - is only running through December 25.

Most of his regular characters stop by including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Walter  T. Airedale, Vikki the Cougar, and Dougie, the pot smoking annoying neighbor.

Every time the doorbell rang, there was another of Terry’s characters ready to sing for us and/or amuse us.  Add to that assortment a touch of glamour each time Terry’s on-stage assistant and real life wife Taylor (and I am glad she gets to actually speak now) and you have a hit show that will please newcomers and returnees as well.

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Ventriloquist — isn’t that a show for the kids?  Sure the kids enjoy it, but don’t leave the adults at home There is plenty of adult humor that flies right over the kids’ heads. Terry is so much more than a ventriloquist.  He’s an entertainer, a singer, a jokester, and an impersonator. This is not just ventriloquism. He sings in the voices of Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Garth Brooks, Ethel Merman, Eartha Kitt and a host of others

Every time I see Terry Fator I have to remind myself that he is producing all the voices we are hearing on stage. He is simply remarkable. Get there early to enjoy some fun from pre-show opener Ben Harris.  And take note of the great set design by the fabulous award winning set designer Andy Walmsley.

There is a thread in the show about finding the meaning of Christmas and a moral about friends and friendship.  Nice touch. Special thanks to Terry and his team for remembering that the season also includes the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

Terry Fator and his lovable characters sing classics such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but your heart will be warm as you enjoy Terry Fator: A Country Christmas at the Mirage through December 25. The show plays Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.


Vegas Performers Give Back To The Community — Enjoy Their Shows and Support Local Charities

Tis the season to help others. Las Vegas entertainers have some special charitable events in December. Many other entertainers lend their talents for the good of others throughout the year.

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Johnathan Scott and LJ Harness with Marines
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The Toys4Tots Concert on Saturday evening. December 13 at the Westgate is sure to be an audience pleaser. Last year, the organization distributed more than $200,000 worth of toys with the help of the US Marine Corps Reserve. The event, produced by Jonathan Scott and L. J. Harness and sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas invites active and retired military and their families to attend at no charge. Admission is $20 or an unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more. Tickets are available at the Westgate box office. The Red Carpet begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 


The event, hosted by Zowie Bowie with musical direction of David Perrico - Pop Evolution, includes Naomi Mauro,  BBR with Anne Martinez and Savanah Smith, Comedians Dennis Blair and Robert Nash, Singer Ben Stone and American Idol star Jasmine Trias, Lydia Ansel, Nieve Malandra,  Pia Zadora with Vinnie Falcone,  Maren Wade, American Trilogy with Rob G, Jason Tambor, Gary Anthony, cast of Purple Reign, Adrian Zmed, Lyssa Lynn, and Vince Neil.

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Mondays Dark, a monthly charity event co-produced by Rock of Ages star Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro has raised over $100,000 for local charities in the past 13 months. On December.15, the community is invited to its One Year Bash at 7 p.m in the Joint at Hard Rock. Twenty-four charities will benefit from this enlarged show Past performers included Clint Holmes, Pia Zadora, Tara Palsha, Robert Torti, Geechy Guy, Jeff Leibow, as well as other cast members of strip shows.

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Melody Sweets’ presents “XXXmas - A Burlesque Christmas Spectacular” on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 p.m. at the ABSINTHE Spiegeltent. Following the success of her sold out Wild Wild West Burlesque show, Melody Sweets and other sexy Las Vegas stars will join together for one-night-only to celebrate the holidays and give back to the community. All proceeds from the event benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. “XXXmas - A Burlesque Christmas Spectacular” is 18+.

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Andy Walmsley
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AWE Andy Walmsley, Emmy award winning producer/designer has supported the Make A Wish Foundation and The Miracle of League of Las Vegas through his roasts and his recent
ENTSpeaks: Entertainers You Think You Know,” production.

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Paul Stone, Jasmine Trias, and Ben Stone
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Producer Paul Stone through Showstoppers presented a Tribute to 98 year old Circus Legend Tihany this past fall. The audience was a who's who of magic including Siegfried and Roy. Funds raised supported the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.

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Jeff Civillico
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Win-Win Entertainment, established by Jeff Civillico matches professional entertainers willing to donate their time and talent with eligible charities to bolster the Las Vegas community organizations through entertainment.

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Terry Fator supports the Arthritis Foundation as well as the Twilight Brigade, Snowball Express, Wounded Warriors and Fisher House and USO.

 


Celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck holds an Annual Show and Golf Tournament with all proceeds going to the Humane Society.www.friendsforlifehumanesociety.org. He also lends his talents to support Opportunity Village - 'Magical Forest' with a MURRAY 'Celebrity Magician' Tree decorated for the holidays as well as the Wounded Warriors, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Solid Rock Foundation.

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Melody and Jeff Leibow and their daughter Emma - NF Hope Concert to benefit the Neurofibromatosis Foundation in Las Vegas


These are just a few of the many entertainers who support their local community and beyond by producing or appearing in events in support of charities.  They are star studded events well worth the ticket prices.  Support them and thei charities during this holiday season.