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Georgia Senior Follies auditions near
Performers sought for annual show
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John Carpenter and Randy Randolph mimic the dance moves of choreographer Buddy Stotts during a previous "Senior Follies" practice. - photo by File photo

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Auditions for the 2011 “Georgia Senior Follies” will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 3 at the Cumming Playhouse, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Cumming City Hall. Auditions are by appointment only. Call (678) 455-6110 to make an appointment or for more information.

Singing, dancing, magical and funny seniors age 55 and older are needed to fill the ranks of an annual show.

“The Georgia Senior Follies,” now in its third year, will return to the Cumming Playhouse from April 7-17.

Starting Tuesday, auditions for the show will begin by appointment only.

The show is the creation of Cumming residents Bob and Kathy Russell, who also lead the local women’s trio, the Mood Swingers, and the Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band.

The Russells created the first Senior Follies show in 2008 after some 80 seniors showed off their talents during auditions. Of the 80 acts, 45 made it into the show.

The 2009 auditions drew about 60 seniors, 42 of whom participated in the production.

Like the past two years, Kathy Russell said this year’s show will feature parts written around the talents who perform.

“We have an overall theme and some numbers in mind, but if we have people who have contained acts, we’ll plug those in,” she said.

“Like last year, we had a magician and a ventriloquist whose acts were self-contained, so we plugged those in.”

The show has brought numerous musical and variety acts to the playhouse over the past two years, and Russell said this year will be no different.

“Our first year our main theme was Broadway, and last year we did a salute to Hollywood,” she said. “This year we’ll be doing the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, so it should a lot of fun.”

Russell said she and her husband are looking for any act, except those featuring animals since they’re not allowed in the playhouse.

“It could be anything really — singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, comedians,” she said. “And we’re always looking for new people.”