Family-friendly comedian and hypnotist Michael C. Anthony is scheduled to perform in Brookings March 16 and 17 for a large fundraiser benefitting the Azalea/Kalmiopsis Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) andndash; but if 600 tickets aren't sold by Wednesday, March 7, Anthony will cancel the shows. So far, ticket sales have been slow.
"What the community needs to understand is this is going to be a Vegas-type show," PTO President Lori Botnen said. "It's going to be a premiere show for the Brookings-Harbor area.
"It's open to everybody in the community. This is a community show."
Anthony is scheduled to perform at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 16, and at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Brookings-Harbor High School gym.
A student dance group will open the show, and a concession stand will be available.
During Friday night's show, a few Kalmiopsis Elementary School staff will be hypnotized, and during Saturday night's show, a few Azalea Middle School staff will be hypnotized, Botnen said.
"Since we're a small community, people will know everybody on stage, so that's the beauty of it, too," PTO member Cindy Schofield said in reference to district staff being hypnotized.
The entire show is expected to last about two hours.
Anthony, who has filled theaters internationally and nationwide, is known "as one of the most successful stage hypnotists in the world today," according to his website. "His show is an avant-garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theater."
The PTO decided to host Anthony "because it's something different," member Heather Serna said in a previous interview. "We've never had anything like it."
The PTO liked clips it saw of Anthony as well.
"He's just so funny and family-friendly which is perfect for our community," Schofield said. "It's entertaining for the small kids and for grandma and grandpa. The way he does his shows is great."
The PTO hopes to sell out every performance because all of the proceeds go back to the school, Botnen said.
"It goes back to the classroom; it is not earmarked for anything in particular," she said.
Tickets can be purchased from Kalmiopsis Elementary School and Azalea Middle School, or from Brookings-Harbor High School Leadership students, in the front offices of all three schools, from Daryn Farmer State Farm Insurance, Chetco Federal Credit Union branches, the Redwood Theater and with a credit card at www.raisethefunds.com.
Pre-sale tickets are $15, and are available through March 7. Ticket prices are $20 after March 7, and are available at the door as well.
For more information on Anthony, visit www.michaelcanthony.com.
"This is going to be a unique opportunity for the Brookings-Harbor area," Botnen said.