Gearing up for her 10th "Senior Shenanigans" in February, Angie Alexandersen is seeking 50 and older participants to join in the fun. Along with directing the show, the White resident will serve as a performer, writer, costumer and producer for The Grand Theatre production.
"The seniors do not have to have prior theater experience," Alexandersen said. "They are encouraged to do what they feel they would like to do. Some help with stage managing, moving sets and others love doing the skits. Simply put, we have loads of fun. Last year, we started laughing on the first day of rehearsals and that set the precedent for the rest of our rehearsals.
"The 'Senior Shenanigans' show is a variety show with funny skits, musical numbers, humorous songs and choreographed numbers — no dancing experience necessary. We are always happy to have performances by two of Cartersville’s line dancing groups," she said, referring to Bartow’s Country Pride and The Boot Scooters.
Starting with an organizational meeting Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m., the Senior Shenanigans program will foster the talents of Bartow’s 50-and-older performers. Rehearsals will be conducted every Monday at 1:30 p.m. until the week of Thanksgiving, then will continue in January and culminate with the production Feb. 22, 2020.
"I’m looking forward to working on this program," said Kristy Montgomery, program director for The Grand. "Most of the programming we do at the theater is geared towards school-age children, but it’s so important to meet the wants and interests of the community. 'Senior Shenanigans' is always a favorite, and I’m excited to watch Angie put it together this year."
Formerly an extension of Cartersville Medical Center’s former Senior Friends program, Senior Shenanigans now is under The Grand Theatre's umbrella.
"Senior Shenanigans began in 1993 by Cartersville Medical Center’s Senior Friends, and was a collaboration with The Grand to put together a variety show featuring talented senior citizens," Montgomery said. "When the hospital no longer had the program, the Cartersville/Bartow County Cultural Arts Alliance sponsored the program for several years before it became a production solely of The Grand Theatre. It’s a wonderful way for our community to support and provide an opportunity for our senior citizens to entertain and have a great time.
"The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for individuals over the age of 50 to have a place to come to enjoy each other’s company while putting together a fun, exciting show."
Further details about joining the Senior Shenanigans group can be obtained by contacting Montgomery at 770-386-7343, ext. 4.
"Our shows are enjoyed by young and old and all ages in between," Alexandersen said. "We usually sell out.
"I always look forward to being together with my 'Peeps' every September. They make me laugh, and we are like family."