Area Community Theatre is happy to be hosting the show each night at 7:00 p.m. A comedian and Christian rapper, Matt explained that he will essentially be emceeing this show which will provide a platform for area performers in various genres to introduce themselves to the community. He is hoping this “sampler plate” of Tomah area will show audiences the “Best of Tomah”, a community he and his family have come to love.
Tickets are on sale now from Area Community Theatre at 374-7469 and online at tickets.tomahact.com. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets $10. ACT members will pay $15 for this fund raising event. This show is not part of the season ticket package.
When asked about his background Matt stated that as a child his family moved a lot. When he started high school in Palatine, Illinois he began to find his voice as a young black man in a primarily white high school. The genre he began to explore, rap music, introduced him to dictionaries, thesauruses, and other people who rapped. He continues to consider rap necessary, and the conduit to performing on stage in his high school’s production of Oklahoma, and later doing comedy in the high school’s variety show.
His experiences in the military and on stage helped him understand he needs to interact with people, and his Christian faith has lead to his channeling his music and comedy sketches in ways that lift people up. Currently Matt uses his interviewing skills as an anchor on Lynxx24 – Tomah’s Image Media’s television station. Fellow anchor, Melissa Carroll, is helping to direct the March shows.
As part of the show, Ellipsis hopes to honor and interview area businesses that help support the arts in the Tomah area. Each show will be unique, and will be audience driven. Although the audience will be encouraged to participate, no one will be interviewed or recorded who doesn’t volunteer.