"Some of these performers have been participating for many years," said Grand Theatre Program Director Terri Cox, who is co-directing "Senior Shenanigans" with Leslie McCrary. "Then we have some that this is their first year. So it's a variety. What I love about it is that it just brings joy. It brings joy to the performers. They love being together. It's all fun. We work really hard [and] the skits are funny. We want to make people laugh. ... We love being together and we love laughing. It's a wonderful group of people.
"As I said, we have some new [performers] and some that have been around and really know what they're doing and they help the new ones. You can see that a lot of them know how to face the front and project their voice. They know all the ins-and-outs of it. Then the new ones are kind of clueless [so] they help each other. They just love being together. And at this age, people go through a lot of things that are not things to laugh about. They have health problems. We've lost some of our members over the years. They're going through all sorts of things with their spouses and selves and they hold each other up and they care about each other."
Performing in five skits in the variety show, Pauline Yezzi is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring an offering from "The Carol Burnett Show" to the Cartersville stage. Describing it as her favorite skit, the Cartersville resident will join Cox in the comedy-sketch "The Wallflowers," as the two portray single women who are painstakingly waiting for an invitation to dance.
"[I enjoy] the camaraderie of people that just like to have fun, do something a little different that maybe they haven't done in the past," said Yezzi, who has performed in "Senior Shenanigans" for the past 13 years. "... We can make fun of ourself and yet kind of be out of our own skin a little bit. We can do things that we don't normally do with our family or friends that know us. So when these people see us they'll be able to say, 'Oh my goodness, she can do that. Look at her.'"
Initially an offering of the Cartersville Medical Center's former Senior Friends program, "Senior Shenanigans" now is sponsored financially by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Cartersville-Bartow County Inc. While there is no admission to attend the upcoming production, donations are welcome and individuals must obtain a ticket in advance or at the door. For more information, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.