Polite Ink will present the second “Oh Watta Night!” variety show to benefit the Willow Domestic Violence Center Saturday, November 17 at the Lyric Theatre in Rochester.Karen Craft and Corrie Carter from Polite Ink discussed what’s on tap Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“It’s sketch, and it’s also improv,” said Carter. “That’s what kind of makes us unique in this market. We offer both in our shows. We also offer some singing, some video and some dancing, so it really takes the shape of a variety show. We use the theme of ‘Oh Watta Night!’ to inspire what we do each year. This year there’s a lot of planetariums, skies and things that you do at night. It’s those types of things. We may dress up as planets. Neil deGrasse Tyson may or may not be there. It’s just a lot of silliness and wittiness, and we get the audience involved.”
Last year’s show sold out and tickets are going fast again this year. Craft said it’s hard to decide which is more fun, planning the show or performing it. “I think it’s a tie between the two. I mean, we have a lot of fun. We get together as a group just a couple of months before the show, over probably some salsa, chips, margaritas… every once in a while, and we plan it as a group.”
We may, or may not, settle whether or no Pluto is a planet!
As they garner laughs, Polite Ink is proud to support the Willow Domestic Violence Center with the show’s proceeds. “Their reach is incredible throughout our community,” noted Carter. “Whether it’s through their hotline, taking thousands of calls each year. I think it’s, like, 17,000 people they service in our community. But more than that, we thought of as people, we get to express ourselves, have freedom and we feel safe, and we realize there’s a lot of people in our community that don’t feel that way. If we can use our talents to get other people to Willow and get them money, then it’s really a win-win and we should be doing that. I think in Rochester as a whole, we try to do good things for other people, if we can. This is just one example and Willow has been an amazing partner.”
Bring your sense of humor and get ready to laugh on November 17!
Tickets are available at Wegmans, and online at PoliteInk.com. — ROCHESTER FIRST