There will be more than a hint of tint to the 74th annual Vaud-Villities Productions show, which opens April 21.

There will be more than a hint of tint to the 74th annual Vaud-Villities Productions show, which opens April 21.

"Colors of Vaud-Villities" will be staged at the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Repeat performances are scheduled at 2:30 and 8 p.m. April 23 and April 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $25, $22 for students and senior citizens, and $15 for those 14 and younger, according to Maggie Ellison, spokeswoman for the venerable song and dance troupe.

This show is being dedicated to the late Dr. Robert Potts, according to Russ Coffman, producer for the spring show. Potts was a longtime member, former artistic director and former technical director, who died Feb. 26. He was 84.

"He did all kinds of things for many, many years, and he was well-known in the community for his voice," Coffman said.

The theme for this year's show can be taken quite literally.

"It's all songs about colors," Coffman said. "Nearly every song has a color in it. It's a standard Vaud-Villities singing and dancing show."

Songs include Blue Moon, That Old Black Magic and Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, the producer said. Children in the cast will perform Purple People Eater and Green Eggs and Ham.

"There are more songs with colors in the title or as part of the title than you might imagine," Coffman said. "It really points out how exciting and varied Vaud-Villities is. We've got different styles of music and different styles of dance, and I think that ties in well with the different colors."

"I expect the audience will love it," said cast member Carolyn Smith of the Northwest Side. "Our audiences are always very good."

Like most Vaud-Villities members, Smith is looking forward to next year's 75th anniversary extravaganza celebration, but she's also eagerly awaiting the annual children's show this summer.

Smith's mother, Joyce Mickey, was a member of Vaud-Villities. Smith performed with her when she, in turn, joined. Later, Smith's son, Howard "Chip" Carter, became a member and all three generations were in the show.

Smith's grandchildren are in the cast for the summer performance by the youngest members of the troupe.

"That will make it a fourth generation," she said. "I love Vaud-Villities. It's been like a family for us. It's a very, very unique organization, unique relationships with the people in it. It's just such a supportive group. Everybody's there because we like to perform, but we also like to see everybody else have an opportunity to use their talent."

Potts, according to Coffman, often used to say of Vaud-Villities that "we are professional performers who choose to make our living in other ways."

"We are an arts organization," Coffman said. "Everything we do is unique. Every show we do is unique. We don't have a book to work off of. There isn't somebody who's done this show before that we can look at, 'Well, how did they do that? How did they stage that?' Mostly it's our own people who come up with these unique ideas of how to do these shows.

"This is a professional show," Coffman said.

More information about the spring performances is available at