Nevada Opera Theatre Association, founded 30 years ago by Director Eileen Hayes, will hold its third annual “Vintage Vegas Revue” in the original ballroom of the newly renovated Tropicana Hotel and Casino on June 7 to benefit its outreach programs.
“Vintage Vegas Revue” will showcase tribute artists of what many consider to be Las Vegas’ golden years featuring impersonations of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley and Liberace with historical and legendary performers attending the event.
The live auction following the entertainment will feature a self-portrait of Frank Sinatra whose memory is being honored for the anniversary of what would have been his 100th birthday. Sinatra’s self-portrait has been donated by Peggy King, widow of longtime Las Vegas entertainer and Rat Pack pal Sonny King.
One of the highlights of the event will be Las Vegas entertainer Dondino singing a special song he wrote for and about Cindy Doumani, “From Cowgirl To Showgirl,” as well as Tony Sacca performing his tribute to Las Vegas with his song “Las Vegas Rocks.”
“Vintage Vegas Revue” celebration includes the honorary chairmanship of Cindy Doumani, and the event will be under the direction of chairman Denny Weddle. Karen Scherer and Donna Kalbfleisch serve as silent auction co-chairs, and NOTA’s Board of Directors President Denise Wilbourne will serve as chairman of the live auction. Honorees include Bernie Sindler, magician, former casino owner and friend of historical mob associates; Tempest Storm, burlesque queen and Paula Perez, long-time NOTA patron.
Proceeds from “Vintage Vegas Revue” will go to fund NOTA’s patriotic performances at the Boulder City Veterans Cemetery Chapel and Veterans Home on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, scholarship program, outreach program for at-risk schools and a main stage opera production to be performed at Artemus Ham Hall at UNLV on October 11.
For the past 22 years, schools have been visited. Four at-risk schools have been selected in Clark County in November to present its anti-bullying original work operetta “Wonderland Escapades,” written and arranged by Gloria and Maria Russell. For the past four years, scholarships have been awarded to students attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a concentration in vocal studies. The main opera production for the 2015-16 season will be announced during “Vintage Vegas Revue.”
Hayes, general director and founder of Nevada Opera Theatre moved to Las Vegas from Portland, Ore. in 1980. She formed the Nevada Opera Theatre in 1985 to bring opera to her new home to entertain, educate and expand opera audiences. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, its mission is to “provide staged professional operas and classical music to at-risk outreach children in schools and the Southern Nevada community.” Since the first performance in 1986, Nevada Opera Theatre has produced and performed operas including La Boheme, La Traviata, Tosca and Die Fledermaus.
“Vintage Vegas Revue” is a diverse, sentimental and family production saluting Las Vegas’ classic world-class entertainment history. The event will be held at the Tropicana beginning at noon on June 7 with a wine and champagne reception and silent auction. Ticket prices are $115 per person or $1,150 for a table of ten. For more information, visit nevadaoperatheatre.org.