The Heritage Singers return with music and comedy

Submitted Photo Performers with the Heritage Singers gave the audience a good laugh at their annual variety show in a previous performance.

The Heritage Singers will be holding their annual variety show at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Minot Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-29. Each show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for the show are available at the Minot Area Council of the Arts office. Tickets will not be available at the door of the event.

Steve Beaudoin said that they keep the theme of the show hidden until the night of the first show. They want to keep their audience guessing and surprise them when they arrive. Their largest group is comprised of 44 men. They also have some soloists, duets and quartets that sing or play instruments. Chad Spokely, who has been with the Heritage Singers since 2003, said they also have their own band with brass instruments, guitars, an electric bass, drums, keyboards and more.

A silent auction will start when the doors open and supper will follow at 6 p.m. The show will begin an hour later at 7 p.m. It will be catered by Homesteaders Restaurant with a varied menu.

The silent auction has a variety of items, like baked goods, art prizes and some big ticket items. The funds that are raised will go back into the community. Beaudoin also said that after the 2011 flood, the Heritage Singers started donating to the Ramstad Middle School music program. They also sponsor scholarships to Minot State University music students. In other cases, funds have been donated to families to cover funeral expenses or help those with illnesses.

The men’s musical group has been performing for 32 years, Spokely added, with members changing over the years. The youngest members are in their 20s, and others are retired, singing to raise money in their free time. They collaborate with other men’s singing groups to perform. Sometimes they also hold clinics for male singers to help them develop their voice or educate those who wish to get into the world of singing.