TALLADEGA -- Professional Apothecary will present its 13th annual and final Gong Show talent show at The Historic Ritz Theatre on Saturday, March 17, starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the Ribbons of Hope Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to Talladega County residents who are battling cancer. Children under 5 get in free.
Organizer Kathy Shropshire said she is sorry this will be the last staging of what has become a local tradition, but she has been planning and running the event by herself, and it has gotten to be too much.
“I hate to say it, but it is just too stressful,” she said. “If someone else wants to take it up, I will be glad to work with them however I can, but it’s an awful lot for me right now.”
This year’s show will be hosted by comedian Darren Knight, also known as “Southern Mama,” and will feature performers ranging in age from 2 to 62.
The program will include a 9-year-old Elvis impersonator and a special performance by a group from Javoni The Dance Factory, according to a flier announcing the event.
Judges this year will include state Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford; JP from the Thunder 92.7 Morning Show; and Antique Talladega Executive Director George Culver.
“This year’s show will be dedicated to the memory of J.W. Gallahar, who was a friend and supporter of the show from the very first year,” Shropshire said. “He never missed a show. He even played Barney Fife for us one year and chased Ernest T. Bass the whole show. He made props and did whatever we needed. We could always count on him to help.”
Shropshire also thanked Hurst, Jon Adams and Jeff Lang, who have been involved in the program since it began.
“Steve has been a judge every single time we’ve done this, and Jon and Jeff have always performed, they never missed one,” she said. “They’ve all been there from the beginning.”
For more information, please call Shropshire at Professional Apothecary at 256-362-8328 or visit www.ribbonsofhopeal.org.