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'Summer of Love'

The cast and musicians of Rhythm in Motion Dance Studio's "Summer of Love."

This weekend it will be Halloween everywhere but Auburn Public Theater, which will instead be deep in the "Summer of Love." 

The downtown venue will be the site of the latest show from Kathy Zamniak's Rhythm in Motion Dance Studio, a fully tie-dyed concert of music from the late '60s. Singers Bernie McNabb, Robin Munn, Marty Losito and Julie Howard will be joined by dancers Zamniak, Ann Sullivan, Tricia Shine and Anna Post and drummer Rick Basha, guitarist Mikal Serafim, bassist Sean LaVallee and keyboardist Ed Vivenzio in the production. Emceeing it will be Jack Hardy, who will also share the history of the songs by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and more that make up the show's soundtrack.

Zamniak, who produces and choreographs shows about twice a year, said the community always shows tremendous interest in helping her stage and perform them. That could be because Rhythm in Motion's shows always support a cause. This one's will be Auburn comfort care home Matthew House, and the show is dedicated to Matthew Moran, who founded the home in 2002.

Zamniak said her last show, April's "British Invasion," raised more than $500 for the Finger Lakes SPCA. She believes that type of support rallies people to her stage.

"It gives their heart a good feeling," she said. "We all got a gift and a choice to use it or not. We're using it, and having fun."

Along with the performers, a small crew assists Zamniak with "Summer of Love": Basha and Vivenzio on musical direction, Suzanne DeTomasso on public relations, Jane Stebbins on posters, Michele Chisholm on makeup and Patty Pierleoni on costumes. Their efforts help Zamniak make the show not just a concert, she said, but an engaging musical production. The costumes and the lighting in particular will evoke the spirit of the '60s, Zamniak continued. She selected the colorful theme as a continuation of "British Invasion" — and one her performers would have some fun with.

"There's a lot of talent and adrenaline in that cast," she said. "We keep hoping we can make it better each time."

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


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