The family production of “Dino’s TV Variety Show” will have a grand finale this week, after playing the Grand Strand for more than eight years.
After its yuletide version, “Dino’s TV Christmas TV Special,” plays Tuesday, the 2-year-old sister show, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” will throw a last kiss on Thursday. Both shows start at 7 p.m. at The Grand Theatre in Surfside Beach, with a dinner option also available at 6 p.m.
Cindra Marshall co-produces both musicals with her husband of 33 years, Hank Marshall, owner of Marshall Light and Sound. She said, “To everything, there is a season,” and they’re content with their conclusion, keeping many memories they shared with audiences at the Grand Theatre and their other borrowed venues: the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, the Tara Theater at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, as well as a local Shriner’s building, and 2001 Nightclub’s Starlight Room, just north of Myrtle Beach.
The parents of three also have had help from daughter Rainee Kite, with parts in both shows, and son Travis Marshall, who direct the lighting.
Cindra Marshall enumerated a list of artists and TV stars to whom they’ve paid tribute, besides the show’s namesake, Dean Martin and his Golddiggers: Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Willie Nelson, Doris Day, Phyllis Diller, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Patron, Dinah Shore, Nancy Sinatra, Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie,” Granny and Ellie May Clampett from “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and sister troupes in the Andrews, Lennon and McGuire names.
For any show to run eight years, and to have people come back and see us over and over and over ... they still feel like they see something different all the time. Some stuff there is familiar, but we added some new characters and routines. Each environment has a different feel as a whole. ... I think what kept Hank and me going as long as we did, we really wanted to honor and take care of our talented cast.
Both shows are audience interactive, and warm-fuzzy nostalgic. Other than that, they are very, very different.
Leaving it is bitter sweet. Every year, I have felt like we can’t stop it now. ... But you also have to know when it’s time and when it’s run its course.