Senior putting on a show
The Ageless Entertainers Variety Show, which will be presented at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Horizon Casino Resort Carnival Cabaret show room will have many talented performers.
The director is Anne Kirk, professional singer, dancer and comedienne, who also will perform in the show. The music director and composer, Ronald Bourdage, has performed on stage, in the movies and television. Besides leading the show band for the Ageless Entertainers, he will sing and play the guitar as a solo. His wife, Randi Bourdage, who learned her craft from the sisters on the TV show, Hee Haw, will not only perform a clogging dance routine, but has taught a group of beginning cloggers who will dance in the show. They are Debbie Beck, Anne Manoff and Chuck and Peggy White.
Bill Paradise, who performed a leading role with Yvonne De Carlo in the musical “Hello Dolly” will sing romantic ballads as a solo and in a duet to “Unforgettable” with Mary Stephens. He also will dance in two numbers and lead the audience in singing to violin music of 89-year-old Denver Driver. In another act, as Paradise sings “Witchcraft”, Arline June Gordon will do an interpretative dance. Mary Stephens will sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” accompanied by pianist, Roma Clewell, who is a member of the Ageless Entertainers show band. Bob Witting, who has performed with many professional bands, will sing and play the guitar to the “Rock and Roll Waltz” with accompanying dancers. He also will provide the music to “Little Grass Shack” for some unusual and entertaining hula dancers as well as playing guitar in the show band.
Lee Ray will tell an amusing story and perform in another act with Don Welton. Maggie Latimer, an attractive 80-year-old Ms. Senior Nevada of 1994, will perform a special tap dance. Dick Van Buskirk, who has performed in many musicals locally and in Carson City with such shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “West Side Story,” will sing “Feeling Groovy” and “Old Man River.” Maxine Miller, who teaches line dance both at South Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley, will dance with her students, Debbie Beck and Peggy White, to a snappy number. John de Masi, who sang with a choir at Carnegie Hall, will sing “That’s Amore” and “Everybody Love Somebody Sometime.” Joe Jimenez, who performs as J J the clown, will make animal balloons and perform magic tricks as well as dance in another act. Anne Manoff, who composes her own poems, will perform two of them — one humorous and the other dramatic. Phil and Bonnie Steinberg will sing their original and touching words to the tune “I Am 16 Going On 17” in one number and act in a hilarious, original skit written by the performers, “An Interview with Professor Lovenschmacher” in another. Nancy Skelton, who has performed the leading role in many professional productions, will sing “Razzle Dazzle” from the musical “Chicago” and “Be a Clown” with Marge Noval, who will dance in costume. Vern Lee, well known cowboy poet and artist, will the master of ceremonies. One of the highlights of the show will be a special appearance by James “Gypsy” Haake, who has an amazing background in stage, TV and movies. He is master of ceremonies and star of the Carnival Cabaret show, which features impersonators of famous celebrities nightly at the Horizon.
The Ageless Entertainers Variety Show may be seen on Channel 19 TV on the Tahoe Variety Show with host Mike Mike Ginnis, staring Aug. 20. It also may be seen on Channel 26 in the Carson Valley. For a schedule of airings, call the Kahle Community Center, (775) 586-7271.
The Ageless Entertainers Variety Show is a fund-raiser to benefit the South Lake Tahoe Senor Center. Proceeds from last years’s show went toward the purchase of a heart defibrillator to save lives. Seating at the show is limited. Admission is $5 and tickets may be purchased in advance at the senior center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. In addition, there will be a raffle to win many goods and services at the show. Tickets for the raffle are available at the senior center. Participants in the raffle need not be present to win.
For more information call (530) 542-6094 or (775) 588-6997.
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