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Que sera? An all-Day revue

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Kristi King offers a retrospective on Doris Days singing and acting career Sunday at the Venetian in Hillsboro.A night of platinum wigs, fabulous gowns and big lungs comes to Hillsboro’s Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main Street in Hillsboro, when “Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day” begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

“There’s still an interest in her,” said show producer Joan Merrill. “Through the depth of time, the quality of her voice remains. She’s never died, figuratively, from the public’s consciousness.”

Performer Kristi King sings all Day’s classics and tells the singer’s personal story. Some of those who attend may not remember the now 89-year-old Day in her prime, Merrill said, but everyone is welcome.

King and Merrill met in Palm Springs, Calif., and instantly bonded over their appreciation for Day’s singing and acting. They decided to combine it all into a show and have kept Day’s fabulousness alive on the road since 2011.

This Hillsboro show is unique because for the first time, the women are bringing in local actor Spencer Conway to do several walk-ons, bringing to life scenes from Day’s movies.

“Kristi does it to honor someone she admires,” Merrill said.

The admiration isn’t just for Day’s singing and acting, but for her passion to help animals. Ten percent of ticket and CD sales will go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

“Through all the money we’ve donated, we got a personal thank-you letter from Doris Day herself,” said Merrill.

The animal foundation has funded a facility to help abused and neglected horses, as well as other animal causes.

Tickets for the two-act show are $32 and can be bought at the box office one hour beforehand or online at venetiantheatre.com.




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