“Most moms yell at kids to go outside and play”, Swanberg said. “My mom would say, ‘You sit there and watch that television — your daddy worked so hard for it!’”
One of the first voices Swanberg the future impersonator perfected as a child was Barney Fife from “The Andy Griffith Show.” These days, his impersonations number more than 20. His performances also include tales of growing up and also what’s billed as “the funny side of church.”
“I try to bring people laughter, but my advice to them is always that joy is a choice,” Swanberg says on his website. “Happiness is dependent upon what happens in your life, but joy is a choice you can make every single day. It takes an act of your will...even if you don’t feel joyful at the moment. And it takes dying to yourself and coming alive in the lives of others around you. I want to motivate my audiences to have courage, to be strong, to look for the moments in life that make them realize they are an important part of this world.”
Promotional material for the Red Roots trio reads, “With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, these triplets engage the crowd with their story through real-life lyrics and rolling banjos intertwined with rocking guitars. Through their unwavering boldness, there is a South Mississippi charm rooted in faith, family and an unshakable call to show the world where true Hope is found.”
The Blue Gate Theater is located at 195 N. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Ticket and other information can be found online at BlueGateTheater.com or by calling the Blue Gate Box Office at 1-888-447-4725.