Karen, as a loyal and hardworking half of the Bain team, will do the theater duties that Faye did for 40 years. She’ll head the support team and be responsible for public relations.
“I want everyone to feel welcome,” she says with enthusiasm.
As for the two teenage daughters, Sylvia is musically talented and can play nine instruments, sings and writes her own songs. She will appear in the show. Sophie, though she is excited about the music venture, is artistically talented and will help with other duties.
A humble gentleman, John Jr., was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of the Yeti Bluz Band.
He explains, “From 1966 until 1973 the band traveled but then disbanded. In 2006, two original members asked me to become a member and help resurrect the band.”
One of the band’s performers was Tim “Buddy” Lawler, himself a two time member of Iowa’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Buddy and I have been friends for years,” John states. “He plays the drums, sings and will be part of the house band.” Buddy is no stranger to Rathbun as he performed for Willis for some time.
Another nominee to Iowa’s exclusive music hall is Danny “Dano” Oliverson. He will play the bass and rhythm guitar with the house band, John adds. He is a member of the Vietnam motorcycle club Freedom Riders.
As for the structure of the show beginning on April 19, there will not be any noticeable changes. Admission is $10, curtain opens at 8 p.m., there will be an intermission and the show will be over around 10 p.m. Fans will be pleased that the patriotic decorations will remain. The concession stand will provide food and refreshments at reasonable prices.
Beginning on opening night, Willis and Faye will be there to help ensure a smooth transition. While Faye will assist Karen’s support team with the necessary administrative duties, Willis will be on stage with John and the house band. The baton will be passed from Willis to John on opening night, but John intends to have Willis back from time to time.