Seniors rock

Dear Editor:The most amazing show in town was The Senior Follies, put on by the Department of Parks and Recreation at the Barbara J. Riley Senior Center this past weekend. The local cast, professionally splendid in sequins and satin, sang and danced to great old standards like "Me and My Shadow," "How Deep is the Ocean," "Memories" from Cats, and the Beatles's "Something," which Frank Sinatra called "the greatest love song of the last fifty years." The amazing thing was not how well they did it, physically, nor even how much they enjoyed doing it, as they showed with smiling faces from each curtain opening to curtain closing. The great pleasure in the show was in how much the cast felt. Age does not take away the sharpness of longing for love, or of happiness found. Every year is a layer of experience, and these performances resonated with the accretion of feelings. Every audience member, young, middle-aged, older, was moved by the authentic emotion which radiated from the stage to the packed room. Viva Seniors. Lorine Parks Downey

********** Published: June 28, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 11