Putting on an original musical makes these seniors feel young again

Posted May 18, 2012, at 8:43 a.m.
Last modified May 18, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The giggles, laughter and banter backstage at the Hammond Street Senior Center before a dress rehearsal of “The Skylight Club” on Thursday, May 17, was reminiscent of a fourth-grade play. Actors discussed last-minute costume and prop ideas, scripts were read and reread, and some actors were late arriving. It was hard to fathom these were senior citizens — all 60 years old or older.

Per Lee of Hermon, one of three men in the production, says the show is an “opportunity to express yourself and to be amongst friends.”

A large group of friends is needed to pull off this fundraiser for the Hammond Street Senior Center, which holds several each year.

More than 20 members of the senior center are pulling together to put on this original musical, written by Nancy Taylor. The story line goes something like this: A renovated club, the Starlight Club, is looking to replace its lead singer for one reason. She can’t sing. The ploy to oust Flossie Flanagan (Kathy Bernier) is set in motion and the results are laughter, song and dance.

Bernier, executive director of the senior center, says she is overjoyed with the production in which she is one of the stars.

“The member enjoyment makes my job so rewarding,” she says.

Tickets, which cost $10, still are available for shows at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. The show at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, is sold out.