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Sirens of the 60s: a memorable hit

Debbie O'Keefe, left, and her sister Colleen Raye drew laughter during the second half of their performance of Sirens of the 60s. Photos by Margaret A. Ontl1 / 3
From the left, Katie Gearty, Colleen Raye and Debbie O'Keefe performed Saturday at The Phipps Center of the Arts in a show called the Sirens of the 60s.2 / 3
Colleen Raye, left, has been performing since she was 15. The show the Sirens of the 60s is just one of her musical creations. Katie Gearty, right, kept the audience entertained with a powerful rendition of Goldfinger. Photos by Margaret Ontl3 / 3

If you were among the people in the crowd for one of the two premiere performances of the Sirens of the 60s, you no doubt left the theater in a good mood. Those of us who fall into the demographic the show was designed to hit could toe-tap and sing along with nearly every one of the musical numbers presented during the nearly two-hour show.

The Phipps Center for the Arts was the stage for the creative spirit of Colleen Raye, who has been entertaining audiences since she was 15 singing with her brother's band. Raye is joined in this time by her sister, Hudson resident Debbie O'Keefe and newcomer Katie Gearty.

The three performed together, seamlessly providing humor and audience involvement along the way.

"We had a great time performing "The Sirens of the 60s" at The Phipps," said Raye. "Hudson and The Phipps have been so supportive. You are a big part of our success."

"Allied Concerts came to see the show and are taking us out on tour in 2012," continued Raye. "Our last tour was in 2009/10 with The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade. We performed in 39 cities from Colorado to Oklahoma to Indiana and had a great time. Who would think I'd still be doing this after all these years and still loving it."

The next area performance is at The St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 24.