A whole lot of a little bit of everything was packed into Miami's state centennial celebration finale on Saturday.
An evening of toe-tapping , hand-clapping entertainment orchestrated - literally - by Virginia and Dr. Robert Swanson met a large crowd of spectators at the Coleman Theatre Beautiful.
Dr. Swanson directed a house orchestra as his wife pulled strings behind the Coleman curtain and produced a perpetual stream of entertainers in the true style of vaudeville.
“Five Minutes of Fame,” a showcase of local talent, opened the evening and Dallas Lish took an early slot and presented Miami with another facet of his musical talent -piano playing.
Singing “A Broken Road,” and accompanied by local fiddler Jake Simpson, Lish brought fourth his giant tenor voice.
It was only a month ago that Lish took the lead in “Oklahoma!” and kicked off Miami's centennial series, along with a host of cast and crew members of the Miami Little Theatre group.
In Saturday's folie finale, Virginia Swanson saw that Oklahoma was truly represented as she incorporated northeast Oklahoma's rich Native American heritage into the show.
Fancy dancer Gene Ortner brought authentic Indian dance to the Coleman stage. It met heartwarming applause.
There were dancing girls, dancing dance teachers and dancing seniors - the latter of which produced broad smiles as they jitterbugged in the town where they married many decades ago.
Cajun music, ragtime piano, show tunes, big band music, country, swing, Elvis and a moment of tones from the “Mighty Whirlitzer” kept the crowd entertained through the four-hour show.
The house orchestra contributed with a powerful playing of “Oklahoma!,” bringing the crowd to its feet and signing collectively in boisterous tribute to the Sooner state.
Barbara Smith, Willie Osborn and Dr. Ron Gilbert filled the moments between acts with humorous stories and the presentation of $100 bills, three collective coin sets and a $1,000 savings bond.
The presentations were reminiscent of Coleman Theatre “Bank Night” events held many years ago in Miami.
The show concluded with a presentation of flowers and kudos to Virginia Swanson for her efforts.