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Posted: 07/10/13

Senior show to celebrate
America's best loved composers

      Metro Detroit senior citizens will sing, dance and perform with vaudevillian flair during the 24th  annual Senior Show Celebrating America's Best Loved Composers at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
       There will be two matinee performances on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m.
       Each season approximately 50 to 60 seniors<all over the age of 55 - take to the stage in this perennial favorite.
       "It's something to think about all year long" said Bob Pattison, a 17-year veteran of the show and Troy resident. "It makes me feel good."
       Pattison isn't alone. Pearl Hipfel of Clinton Township has performed in 22 of the shows, for her "it's the thrill of the audience and the joy of performing on a big stage . . . that makes me happy." For 89-year-old Clinton Township resident, June Matheineke, it's "the people you meet." And for Fran Badalamente, a 20-year trouper, it is not only that she "loves the theater . . . it is a wonderful opportunity to represent other seniors and show what we can still do and offer."
       Fully staged and performed by family, friends and neighbors, the annual Senior Show is a highlight of the summer. The brainchild of the late Margaret DeSantis, chairperson of Macomb Community College's Board of Trustees, DeSantis believed the Macomb Center could create a showcase for the wealth of creative talent found among the senior citizens in the tri-county area.
       Twenty-four years later her vision has proven to be more than true. What started out as a talent show with several solo acts has blossomed into a full scale production with major ensemble performances. 
       This season's show, under the direction of Barb Elliott, will celebrate American Originals, featuring the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Motown, and more. This is Elliott's fourth Senior Show as director. She has an extensive theater background as director, actress, vocal director, pianist, producer, workshop leader, and choral director. She is a past president and board member of Community Theatre Association of Michigan, and has served on the board of the Grosse Pointe Theatre.
       Ticket prices for the senior show are $13 in advance and $16 at the door (based on availability). Seating is reserved. Both shows are matinee performances. Tickets and additional information are available online at or by calling (586) 286-2222. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

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