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Senior moment

These golden-years performers are kicking up their heels and showing you what they’ve got.

Susannah Waite June 6th, 2012

Oklahoma Senior Follies
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Kirkpatrick Auditorium
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder

 Back for its second year, Oklahoma Senior Follies takes its inspiration from the Ziegfeld Follies for a show packed with music, dance and comedy.

Former Miss America Jane Jayroe and Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry are emcees for the show, which features performers 55 years and older.

“During the week we have special coaching sessions and this and that,” said Bobbie Burbridge Lane, founder and producer. “These people have been stars in the movies and television and radio — you name it.”

The cast includes Grammywinning artist Jody Miller, American Spirit Dance Company founder Jo Rowan and choreographer Bob Windsor, to name a few.

Running Friday through Sunday, the show benefits Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County, a service that provides food to the homebound elderly.

“We are really steamed up to help Mobile Meals again and to continue to re-energize our senior community,” Lane said. “They certainly don’t have to be a performer to dust off their talents and use them.”

Audiences can expect to see Jane Hall, actress and singer, perform again at this weekend’s Follies.

“The best benefit personally is that you make people happy,” Hall said. “You make them smile and laugh, and just for a little bit, you can make people happy.”

She will duet with Windsor, as well as reprise “Tea for Two Cha Cha” with Charlotte Franklin.

“[It’s] a very funny little bit we’ve been doing for years,” Hall said. “We’re fully clothed, but we’re strippers. It brought down the house last year, so they asked us to do it again.”

Franklin coins herself as an actress who sings and dances.

“It’s very gratifying knowing that all these wonderful people give up there time and energy,” Franklin said.

She said she knows this cast of seniors to be great performers.

“Don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing,” she said.

But organizers stress that Senior Follies isn’t only for seniors.

“I don’t care what age you are:

We’ve got such terrific comedy, music and dancing, you would not believe,” Lane said.

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