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Kane County Bar Association to host night of laughs, music

Lawyers do have a sense of humor.

The Kane County Bar Association will set out to prove that when the group presents “Shabby Road, Pols and Lies on the Campaign Trail (A Nukalar Extravagabanza)” on Saturday, April 12, at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Tickets start at $40 and are available by calling the Elgin Community College Box Office at 847-622-0300. Tickets include a 6 p.m. reception, with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Kane County Bar Association last staged a production in 2008 to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to producer Dorothy Voigt about the show, which provides an insider’s look at the legal, judicial and legislative process and lampoons today’s politicians and celebrities. It will feature spoof appearances by Patty and Rob Blagojevich, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Justin Bieber and others.

Eric Schelkopf: How did the Kane County Bar Association come up with the show’s theme?
Dorothy Voigt:
Illinois has had a pretty shabby road. We’ve sent three governors to jail, and Jesse Jackson Jr. also recently went to jail.

Some of the show is related to political stuff, and then there are a few things related to just lawyers, in general.

ES: Do you have a theater background?
Not professionally in any particular way, but I did a bit of community theater in my 20s, and I’ve always sung in choirs and I still do. It’s been something that I’ve picked up over the years, you know.

ES: How has the show been coming together?
It’s coming together. It takes a while for all of this to jell, because we’re not working with professionals, although some of the people are very good.

And we all have full-time jobs, in addition to doing this for fun.

ES: So, what should people expect from the show?
Hopefully it’s funny, and we’ve got quite a bit of music, so hopefully they will recognize most of that. It’s just intended to be a silly night out for fun.

We hope that a number of members of our bar association come out and support us, but it’s something that almost anyone would understand. We intentionally write the show so that it’s not so lawyer specific that [anybody] can walk in the door and understand what we are doing.

We cover stuff that’s current in everyday politics and in the news, and so forth and so on. So, hopefully it’s just a night out of crazy fun.

ES: So, there are different skits within the show?
There are some skits that run three or four songs and some other bits, and then we try to tie the storyline together so it all kind of flows from front to back.

We try to make it work in some goofy way. Our director says the final script is not final until after we’ve sung the last note. Things could be changed up until the night before – or the day of – the show.

ES: So, you could literally have some breaking news.

ES: So, attorneys can be pretty creative people?
We certainly can be. We have quite a bit of talent in our group.

It’s something that we’ve been fortunate to find in our group of people.

And Disbard, the band that plays with us, they started playing together when we did the last show. They have just won the second annual Illinois State Bar Association Battle of the Bands held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.

ES: Wow, that’s quite the honor. So, they definitely are talented.
Yeah, they have some skills. Off and on, they will play a gig.

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