When Judy Stevens took her seat in the second row in the auditorium of the Capitol Theatre at the 21st Annual Comedy & Magic Spectacular on Saturday, she had no idea she would become one of the most sought-after women at the theater.
After 45 years of marriage, Stevens' husband Ron didn't know what to think when an 85-year-old ventriloquist's dummy, Papa, and another "trunk mate," Krelmin, a green worm-like alien, mercilessly flirted with his wife.
Ventriloquist Pete Michaels tried his best to stop both of his dummies from confessing their undying love for Judy Stevens.
Dressed in a snappy gray suit, Papa serenaded Judy with an Elvis Presley song. Later, Krelmin -- from the planet Melmin -- treated the audience to Krelmin-aoke with a medley of songs wowing the crowd.
While Judy was caught a bit off-guard by her two unlikely suitors, she took it all in stride as did her husband.
"I'm the other dummy," said Ron joking.
"I felt like an idiot, but I'm a good sport," said Judy with a smile.
This is the second year the two have attended the show, sponsored by the Chambersburg Exchange Club.
The event benefits the E.S.C.A.P.E. Parent-Child Center, Chambersburg, to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating the community and providing programs and services to parents.
The Stevens were among about 1,200 that packed the historic, downtown theater for one of two shows - the 2:30 or the 7 p.m. show to enjoy two hours of laughter
and magic presented by five performers.
Each year the event raises about $30,000 for the E.S.C.A.P.E Center. Over the past 21 years, the comedy and magic show has raised more than $600,000 from the Chambersburg show alone.
"It is just totally entertaining. The time goes so fast and I'm hard to entertain," said Judy.
Concessions were permitted in the auditorium during the show, and Gretchen MacWilliams, 40, Fayetteville helped clean up a bit of spilled popcorn during intermission.
"My daughter is very much into magic, and she wanted to do something with her friends this weekend and they liked the idea of coming here," said MacWilliams.
"I like everything. It's really good," said MacWilliams' daughter Millie.
She also brought her son Michael, 2 1/2, and two of Millie's friends.
"It's nice to just laugh together and see new things together and be wowed. I wasn't expecting to be wowed," said MacWilliams.
Steve and Shannon Hershberger, Waynesboro, weren't expecting to be on stage, but Pete Michaels had other plans.
Michaels had the couple turn their backs to the audience while he transformed Steve into Cher and Shannon into Sonny Bono.
"We're having a good time," said Shannon about the show and their experience on stage. "I would definitely recommend coming and I plan on coming again next year."
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