There will be more than one fashion faux pas on stage and more plays on words than real fashion plates. The “models” on the runway are senior citizens with an ageless sense of humour. It is all in good fun this weekend when A Fall Fashion Farce is presented by the Elder Citizens Recreation Association Drama Club. Tickets are sold out but those who attend are in for a few surprises. Diane Reynolds, a senior and performer, said organizers are pleased with the interest, surprised at the response.
“We entertain people and they keep coming back for more. Actually, we get as much out of this as the audience because we ad lib and have a lot of fun. In fact, our mandate is for seniors to have fun. For the past six weeks, we’ve been working on the program and doing rehearsals. Monday we had a dress rehearsal and put up the stage.” The show will feature a number of well known references – turned upside down for hilarious on-stage antics. There will be “G” strings, Bag Lady, Baby Doll pajamas, Smoker’s Jacket and Saturday Night Fever to name a few. And without giving away all the show’s surprises, – The Ball Gown category will feature a dress with sobbing and crying motifs. There will be Bird’s Nest Hats. And a skit by the innovative Can Can boys will feature the “boys” attired in dozens of tin cans.
“There have been lots of laughs putting this together,” said Reynolds. “We’ve spent a lot of time on our costumes. They have lots of colour, detail and ingenuity. The money raised for tickets goes back to the centre. Our 10th anniversary was last year and the fundraising is for a 60 by 80 addition off the back of the building for a new stage and changing rooms. We hope to begin that next spring to be completed in time for the Seniors Performing Acts Annual Variety Show in April.”
One of the highlights, expected to draw lots of laughs is Rose Dorish who will be modeling a yellow polka dot bikini, that is, a bikini circa the 1930’s in keeping with the song by the same name. Member Albert Willis said, tongue in cheek, that Dorish is perfect for the role. “I think she got the bikini when she was about 16 years old. She’s a little bit of an actor and she puts it on a bit.”
At the end of the performance, there will be a “clothing (not closing) ceremony.”
Entertainment will be provided by Country Cuzzins with Bill Bosnich on guitar, Allan Thorp on harmonica, Terry Meir, Stan Cook and Diane Reynolds on vocals. Other musicians will also take their turn on stage, said Reynolds. There will be a clown skit, Clowning Around, with Stan Cook and Ernie Myers.
For more information on Fall Fashion Farce or for membership call ECRA 561-9381. Visit them at 1692-10th Avenue.