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Feel at home in ‘Neighborhood Nonsense’

  •  Above and below:  Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.

    Above and below: Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.

  •  Above and below:  Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.

    Above and below: Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.

  • FILE - In this 1963 file photo, singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beach Party," in California in 1963. Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom when she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a modest one-piece bathing suit . It was a land of perfect waves and sparkling sand, in a place where there was a beach party every night and summer never ended. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this 1963 file photo, singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beach Party," in California in 1963. Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom when she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a modest one-piece bathing suit . It was a land of perfect waves and sparkling sand, in a place where there was a beach party every night and summer never ended. (AP Photo/File)

  •  Above and below:  Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.
  •  Above and below:  Actors in the Hopkinton First Congregational Church’s variety show rehearse a couple of acts.
  • FILE - In this 1963 file photo, singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beach Party," in California in 1963. Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom when she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a modest one-piece bathing suit . It was a land of perfect waves and sparkling sand, in a place where there was a beach party every night and summer never ended. (AP Photo/File)

Looking for some variety in your life? Then head to Hopkinton this weekend for the First Congregational Church’s 32nd biennial variety show. The long-running community tradition will riff on familiar scenes from around town in a show called “Neighborhood Nonsense.” But even if you’re not from Hopkinton, you’re likely to feel right at home in this neighborhood, with its lovable cast of characters and celebration of small-town charm.

“It’s really a lot of fun,” said Brenda Lewis, who helps with publicity for the show and whose two daughters, Jennifer, 13, and Erica, 10, are in several scenes.

The two girls are excited about a musical number called “Stomp,” in which all the neighborhood kids come together to make their own music using ordinary things like trash can lids they find lying around. Another favorite is a sports skit, in which an alien family comes to a ball game and learns about the weird ways of humans.

“The cheer is really funny,” Lewis said.

“I Love Trash” elevates waste management to an art form, and “Seasons of Love” brings the whole town together to sing in a heart formation.

Along with celebrating community, the variety show boasts a multi-generational cast, ranging in age from about 7 to almost 90. The show is directed by Paula Demers, whose family started the variety show decades ago and who is active in community theater.

Show times are tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hopkinton High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the door or in advance at Everyday Cafe. Proceeds will support church charities and missions.

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