The summer show by Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity, a nonprofit troupe now in its 17th season, will take place Aug. 4 and 5 at the Northland Performing Arts Center.

Show times for "A Musical Parade" are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Tickets, $20 each, are available at

The show, according to troupe founder Tony Ingham of Reynoldsburg, features songs from Broadway and movie musicals. These range from old standbys like "Hello, Dolly!" and "West Side Story" to more contemporary offerings from the Broadway shows "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Hamilton," as well as popular film "La La Land."

The cast of 32 features veterans and newcomers to Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity from throughout central Ohio, Ingham said.

The summer show serves as a fundraiser for the theater company so that other productions during the year can raise money for charities.

"Community theater should be voluntary all the way through," Ingham said.

That doesn't mean, he said, that nonprofit troupes don't have bills to pay.

The summer show has been held at the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd. in Columbus, for the past few years, Ingham said.

"Now we're figuring it's going to be our summer place to be," he said. "We're a bunch of gypsies; we don't have a home."

The performances will represent the culmination of 10 weeks of rehearsal for the cast members at donated space in Generations Performing Arts Center in Westerville.

The cast features nine newcomers, but Cynthia Chriss-Knochel of Clintonville has been with Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity from day one. She said she met Ingham through Vaud-Villities when the two were paired as dance partners, and he asked if she wanted to be part of a show he was organizing.

She said she has been with the troupe ever since and is delighted that for the Aug. 4 and 5 performances, she gets to show off her her skills on roller skates for a disco number.

"I love being on roller skates," Chriss-Knochel said. "That's always great fun."

At the other end of the spectrum is Jacki Beach of Pataskala.

"This is my very first show with this company," she said. "It's a lot of work, but it's a great experience."

German Village resident Maurice Mitchell is singing and dancing in his seventh or eighth Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity production. He said he thinks audiences will enjoy "A Musical Parade."

"You can get a little bit of everything in the show," Mitchell said. "They bring a lot of new things that have never been done in Columbus. That's what I love about it."