The Rat Pack, Direct From Vegas! Tribute show will take you on a ride through all the glitz, glamour and funny gags between the dynamic trio of Frank, Sammy and Dean. It’s a throwback to the golden era of music and timeless songs that so many amazing memories we’re made of. But to really put the icing on the cake, the show includes real showgirls who will be gracing the stage and contribute to that Vegas vibe. It will be an evening of songs, fun and laughter at the Sid Williams Theatre, May 21.
But what is quite intriguing is that the producers and masterminds behind this musical tribute is a brother and sister team like no other made up of Sidney resident Melanie Ehrlich and her brother Christian Tannis of CKM Productions. They bring their own no-nonsense, show business flare because of their unique background and upbringing. The siblings grew up as part of 10 children in North Burnaby, most of whom started out at a very young age to sing, dance and perform throughout the Lower Mainland and the U.S.
“When people would see us coming at shows and events they would say “oh look… the Clan is here! And trust me, we were a force to be reckoned with,” said Melanie.
As the years passed, Christian, along with five other siblings, moved to Atlantic City to join the Legends in Concert revue while Melanie pursued a career in media publishing in California. Christian’s dance ability later lent itself to managing stage productions and choreography for tribute shows in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas.
“Over the past 15 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to forge relationships with some of the most talented and charismatic entertainers, dancers and artists in the industry.”
Now, years later, the siblings have joined forces to produce their own Vegas tribute show.
“My brother has the creative genius and vision and knows what he expects to see from the show and I bring my background in business to manage and co-ordinate all the behind-the-scenes stuff to drive the company forward.”
Both siblings bring their individual strengths to the table and respect one another to do what needs to be done in producing the best show off the Vegas strip.
“As siblings we know each other’s idiosyncrasies like no other person because we grew up together.” And as creative siblings, they work together like their own choreographed masterpiece knowing whose step is next and letting each other move within their wheel house. It’s a labour of love with a culmination of their expertise, passion and ability, but they always remember where they came from and what it means to be where they are….from humble beginnings.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg and we will be bringing other shows to the Island, from Tom Jones to The Blues Bros, to Michael Jackson…you name it….we got it! “
For tickets to the show, visit the website at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com, phone 250-338-2430 or visit the Sid box office at 442 Cliffe Ave.