Mabel Tainter closes season with “Sinatra and Company”

By Matthew Gundrum —

Menomonie’s historic Mabel Tainter Theater is ending its 125th season in grand fashion with a blowout event dedicated to Frank Sinatra and the music he represented.

“Sinatra and Company”: Music from the Rat Pack Era will be coming to the Mabel Tainter Theater on March 28. The event celebrates the musical legacies of stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and Dean Martin.

But honoring these legends requires some serious talent.

“Colleen Raye is the main singer,” said Katie Shay, Patron Services Coordinator at the Mabel Tainter. “She sings with a lot of other bands and has just a fantastic voice.”

Colleen is a seasoned performer who has participated in over fifty club and corporate events across the nation. “Girl Singers LLC,” Colleen’s own creation, has been responsible for curating several different retro-themed entertainment acts. “Sinatra and Company” is “Girl Singers’” most recent venture.

“She really knows her business and knows how to work the crowd,” said Shay. “It’s just a super professional-level show.”

Other notable performers include Tim Patrick and Debbie O’Keefe, the former being an award winning jazz singer.

All three singers will be backed by Patrick’s dynamic jazz ensemble, “The Blue Eyes Band.”

When asked about this particular event and how it’s relevant to Stout students, Shay replied, “This is a great opportunity to not only see a show—which there won’t be a big one again until fall—but to get into the Mabel and see what we’re all about and take in the beauty of it.”

Get over to www.mabeltainter.org, and secure your tickets now!

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