Aging Antics to take place May 16 at AAAAAnother fun-filled, entertainment-packed “Aging Antics for All Ages” is being planned and will take place next weekend at the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) Theatre.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
Another fun-filled, entertainment-packed “Aging Antics for All Ages” is being planned and will take place next weekend at the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) Theatre.
This year’s 9th annual show, which will take place Saturday, May 16, will have two performances – a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the AAAA box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling the AAAA Theatre at (320) 762-8300.
This year’s Aging Antics sponsors is Knute Nelson.
Rosalia Ray, Aging Antics committee chairperson, noted that proceeds from the show will go toward technical equipment, especially spotlights.
Ray said the theater is slowly adding things will make each production better.
The emcee for both shows is Kirk Landman, who will be directing the production of Oliver at the AAAA Theatre in October.
Here is a list of this year’s performers:
•Dave and Dawn Cooper – ballroom dancers. Dave and Dawn are local residents who enjoy dancing. They started taking lessons in 1997 and have been sharing their love of dance with students through Community Education for the past eight years. This is their first appearance in Aging Antics. The couple will be dancing the waltz, rhumba and cha cha.
•The Jahari Tribe of the Caravan North – American tribal style belly dancing. Caravan North was formed in 2007 and has performed for Empty Bowls in St. Cloud on two occasions and for the Vintage Car Club of Alexandria. In July of 2009, the group will appear at Art in the Park, accompanied by drummers from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Cloud. This is the first time the group has performed for Aging Antics. The dancers in the group include Katherine Evans, Patty Peterson and Judy Peterson, all of Alexandria. The women will perform Gates of Istanbul and Two Gypsies.
•Kay Hoffland and Jane Schuneman – violin and piano. Schuneman was a frequent performer when she lived in Alexandria. Now a violinist with the Mount Carmel Trio, she tours in Arizona and California, as well as in Minnesota. Hoffland is the music director at Mount Carmel. Both ladies began their performing as young girls in Detroit Lakes and Wooster, Ohio. They will perform Americana Medley.
•Roger and Barb Riley – vocal duet, who will be accompanied by Kay Hoffland. Roger and Barb have been singing together for 40-plus years. They sing both gospel and secular music. They are a new addition to Aging Antics, and will be performing Hymn of Promise and Carry the Light.
•Runestone Rockettes – dance line. The Runestone Rockettes are a dance line of women over the age of 60. They were organized in September of 2000 and have performed in all of the Aging Antics shows. Their purpose – or mission statement – is to provide entertainment, a positive image on aging, increased self-confidence, self-esteem and, of course, fun. In other words, they want to show that older women can be very active and enjoy themselves! They will be dancing to New York, New York and Dancin’ Fools.
•Tom Mulder and Erik Schultz – guitar and vocals. Mulder and Schultz have been good friends for nearly 20 years, but didn’t put their musical talents together until a few years ago. They both have been involved with various musical adventures over the years and say that they really have fun working together. They love all kinds of music – from blues to rock, they do their best to bring it to their audiences in a good, old-fashioned acoustic style. In addition to their work together, you can hear them with other local groups, including D’jangleville and the Salty Dogs, who perform regularly at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale and at Carlos Creek Winery.
•Roger and Doris Thompson – accordion, keyboard and vocals. Roger and Doris have been making music together for the past four years. They perform more than 70 programs per year, usually between 50 and 60 of them in assisted living, nursing homes or other senior venues. They also perform at county fairs, banquets, anniversaries and other private parties. Roger especially enjoys tailoring crazy parodies for a particular group, specifically for agriculture audiences. This will mark Roger’s fifth performance for Aging Antics and the fourth year that Doris and Roger have appeared together.
•Doc’s Dixieland Band – Paul Engebretson and his group have performed at Aging Antics for the past few years. This year’s group includes Todd Blaser, trumpet; Kay Hoffland, piano; Angela Martinek, trombone; Nick Hansberry, horn; and Engebretson, clarinet. Drummer to be announced.
•Linda and Tom Engfer, LaDean and Dave Moen, Sheri and Ray Norsted – dancers. This group has performed in Arizona and has won a couple competitions for their performances. This is the first time performing for Aging Antics. They will be dancing their routine to Mama Mia.