By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Senior Follies kicks off Christmas season at Cumming Playhouse
Production runs Nov. 17-Dec. 4
Playhouse Follies WEB

One of the Cumming Playhouse’s most beloved productions returns with a new Christmas theme to kick off the 2016 holiday season.

BK Productions will present a holiday-themed “Senior Follies,” which utilizes the talents of individuals age 55 and older only, beginning Nov. 17.

The show runs through Dec. 4, with performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and every Sunday at 3 p.m. (the only exception being Thanksgiving Day when no show will be presented).

Kathy Russell, the ‘K’ of BK Productions, said this is the sixth “Senior Follies” she and husband Bob (the ‘B’) have produced at the Cumming Playhouse.

“We presented our first ‘Follies’ in 2009 and we have skipped a few years, so this is our sixth time,” she said. “The talent, as always, is amazing. It’s difficult to realize that everyone in this show is 55 years or better. When you see these wonderful seniors dance and do the splits, it’s mind-blowing.”

Every time a new “Senior Follies” is presented, the show features a new theme. Previous themes have included a country jamboree, the golden age of television, and the roots of rock ‘n’ roll.

“This is the first time that we are doing a Christmas Follies,” Russell said. “It was fun and somewhat challenging to create this show because there is so much material and so many different directions you can go with a Christmas theme, but we’re really happy with the way we have divided the show.”

She said audiences will enjoy four different segments during the show’s two acts.

“The first segment gives us a glance into the Christmas television specials of yesteryear such as Jack Benny, the Smothers Brothers, and Sonny and Cher,” Russell said. “Then there is a country Christmas segment that closes out the first act. The second act features Christmas around the world and a visit to a USO show of the 1940’s during World War II.”

Children don’t despair —Russell added that Santa and his elves will also be making appearances throughout the show (and possibly handing out candy to good boys and girls).

“One of the most fun things about the ‘Senior Follies’ is the fact that these shows are truly family-friendly. Our cast members’ children and grandchildren always come out and enjoy themselves,” Russell said. “We always want to create high-quality shows that every member of the family will enjoy.”

This year’s cast includes 14 men and 22 women, many of whom have participated in previous “Senior Follies” shows, noted Russell, saying that “a handful of cast members are new, but most are returning” and all are local to the North Georgia area.

The show also features classic, as well as original music and dance numbers, Russell added.

“The majority of the songs are familiar, but we have one written by a guitar teacher from Atlanta who is in our cast,” Russell said. “And we’ll have some contemporary things — like rapping Santas — just to throw in some fun, different stuff, but we didn’t want to get too artsy. We want people walking away humming the songs and really getting into the Christmas spirit.”

Tickets to “Senior Follies Christmas” are $25 for seniors 60 and over, veterans, students age 18 and under, and groups of 25 or more. All other tickets are $27.50. Go to playhousecumming.com or call (770) 781-9178 to order tickets or for more information.