For the 2nd year the Skidaway Island Rotary Club presented a two night performance of ‘Best of Savannah Theatre at Plantation’. This 2 hour show featured the 9 singers and 5 piece band of the Savannah Theatre. Many Skidaway residents are familiar with the Savannah Theatre as it has been the #1 attraction in Savannah, as rated by Trip Advisor, for the past 5 years.
 
Beginning with a nearly condemned Savannah Theatre in 2002, owners Mike Zaller and Matt Meece have completely renovated the theatre, mostly with ‘sweat equity’, and have held over 3000 performances in the past 14 years. They are a true Savannah treasure.

The show was a delightful mix of rock n roll, pop, country, Broadway, comedy, and soul, including our favorite stars: Gladys Knight and the Pips, Elton John, the Bee Gees, Frankie Valli, Lee Greenwood, Tina Turner, Sonny & Cher, the Beatles, and, of course, Elvis. It included a fun-filled salute to the musical ‘Hairspray’, and, one of the evening’s highlights, the fabulous Stephen Dobson singing ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables, followed by the cast singing the closing Reprise from Les Mis.

And, more: Matt & Michelle Meece singing the beautiful ‘My Prayer’ in Italian. The incomparable Huxsie Scott bringing the house down with gospel and soul. Finally, a heartfelt salute to veterans, ‘God Bless the USA’ , bringing a tear to more than one eye.

This year the Rotary Club has designated 2 primary beneficiaries: Polio Plus and Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART). In 1985 Rotary International announced their pledge to wipe polio from the face of the earth. In the past 30 years, Rotary has raised more than $1.5 billion dollars and inoculated more than 2.5 billion children. Today, more than 1 million children do not have polio who otherwise would have suffered miserably. Today, only Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported cases. Miraculously, India and Nigeria, for example, are polio free. But, the fight continues - Rotary has 2020 targeted for the complete eradication of Polio worldwide - a true miracle.

Many health experts predict that Alzheimer’s disease will soon become the most serious, and costly, medical problem in the world. Much work needs to be done.

Finally, Rotary would like to thank all the attendees, the sponsors, Michelle Godbee and the Plantation staff, and especially, the Savannah Theatre for their willingness to leave their friendly confines on Chippewa Square and bring their talents and excitement to Plantation.
 
 

 
 
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