On Saturday, Feb. 22, The Grand Theatre, at 5 N. Wall St. in downtown Cartersville, will present it’s 21st annual “Senior Shenanigans” family-friendly variety show, which will feature local performers showing their skills in comedy, dance and music.
“Senior Shenanigans is a variety show for senior citizens, anyone age 50 and up, and it’s been going on for a long time,” Grand Theatre Director Terri Cox said.
She said “Senior Shenanigans” began at Cartersville Medical Center as a general program for senior citizens. The program then came to The Grand under the direction of Don Kordecki, who passed away in 2010.
“... There’s going to be lots of comedic skits, most of them short because our memories are not what they used to be,” Cox said, laughing. “There will be lots of fun things, like Carol Burnett skits, sometimes we make up skits out of funny things that have happened to us, we get things off the Internet — a lot of my seniors are very Internet-savvy — but we take a month and just go through lots of things that we think are fun.
“Lots of them are about getting older and some of the things we go through.”
Cox said the 7 p.m. performance will feature popular culture relevant to the performers, which range in age from their 50s to their 80s
“We also have musical numbers, guitar numbers, a duo that plays guitar and mandolin, we have one lady who does a comedy routine on the piano kind of like Victor Borge,” she said. “... This year we’ve got some old radio things and TV things like ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘Hee-Haw’ and some other things we used to like to watch through the years, and then we have three dance groups who are out of the senior citizens in town — one of them is called The Bartow Boot Scooters, one of them is called Bartow’s Country Pride and then a new group this year is called Dancers With Attitude.”
While she did not reveal the ending of the show, she referred to it as “a blowout.”
“We just love being together. We’re a close-knit group and we’re just trying to enjoy life and not let growing old get you down, and I think our audience appreciates that, too,” Cox said.
Co-Director Angie Alexandersen will be performing with her husband, Richard.
“My husband is military, so we have this thing we would always do at parties and different things like that because we started doing theater ... in Maine ... back in the mid-’80s when we were stationed there, and so I decided we would pick up where Don and [his wife] Oline left off,” Alexandersen said. “I showed Terri what my husband and I do — it’s a funny little song we sing ... and it was a hit. Everyone seemed to like it. Last year we didn’t do it and we got a lot of requests to come back and that’s why we’re doing it.”
Both Alexandersen and Cox said the event regularly sells out.
Tickets are $5 for adults, students and children are $3. The ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m. The box office is also open one hour before each event. Tickets are available by calling 770-386-7343 or by visiting www.thegrandtheatre.com.