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Country-themed show seeks seniors
Auditions set for mid-November
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Cheryl Rogers, left, Helen Dalton look at a costume for a previous Georgia Senior Follies. Auditions for the 2012 event are approaching. - photo by File photo

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Auditions for “Georgia Senior Follies Country Jamboree” are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the Cumming Playhouse, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Cumming City Hall. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition or for more information, call Kathy Russell at (678) 455-6110.

Pickin’, grinnin’ and foot stompin’ senior performers are being sought for an upcoming production at the Cumming Playhouse.

For the fourth year in a row, BK Productions will present “The Georgia Senior Follies,” featuring the singing, dancing, acting and other talents of residents 55 and older.

Kathy Russell, one of the show’s producers, said this year’s production has been dubbed “Georgia Senior Follies Country Jamboree.”

“The country theme was chosen for two reasons,” she said. “We already have good country performers in our group and we live in the South.

“Since we are in the South, we felt we would get a boatload of fiddle players, country singers and the like.”

Auditions for the show, which is open to any talented senior who will be at least 55 by the premiere on April 20, will be held Nov. 15, 16 and 19.

Russell said this year’s show will feature “old and new country music,” as well as a number of show tunes from musicals such as “Oklahoma,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and “Paint Your Wagon.”

“So there is also a little Broadway thrown in there,” she said.

Russell and her co-producer, husband Bob, are looking for any sort of country-themed talent, such as country or bluegrass singers, cloggers, or those who can play instruments like the fiddle, banjo, slap bass or steel guitar.

“People should audition because country music is so much fun and the follies are fun,” she said.

“The cast each year makes new and wonderful friends. We are like family and every new cast member always feels welcomed.”

“The Georgia Senior Follies Country Jamboree” will run April 20-22, 26-29 and May 3-6.

According to Russell, audiences for previous follies performances have often found it difficult to believe the entire cast is “55 or better.”

“These are not your typical senior citizens,” she said. “They are talented and are living life to the fullest.”