JCC SHOWTIME presents A Smile on Your Face-A Song in Your Heart
Stacey Kettleman, who at one time had been co-president with Toby Rubin, was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation. Sylvia Yasin, a 90 year old dynamo who had directed the setup of the whole room, was also singled out as an exceptional volunteer.
Marilyn Berger, President of JSA, which had partnered with Kehila to present the afternoon’s program, informed everyone that it was the fourth and final session in this year’s Empowerment Series—with the theme ‘A Smile on Your Face-a Song in Your Heart’ which could not have been brought to fruition without the dedicated efforts of Gyda Chud and Shanie Levin.
The BBQ lunch was professionally prepared by Stacey Kettleman and her staff who offered salads, beef burgers as well as vegetarian choices to accommodate varying dietary needs. Fruit and chocolate cake were served as dessert.
Debbie Cossover of JCC Showtime announced that their group consisted of volunteer performers who have been together 13 years. There next show will be their 200th performance. This is a group which was created by Beryl Israel who had arrived from South Africa in 2002 and had been involved with a similar group there and was inspired to establish one here.
The afternoon’s program began with Marshall Berger singing ‘Showtime’, accompanied by their pianist Muriel Morris and aided by sound technician Gary Zumer. The crowd was transported down memory lane with nostalgia-laced songs such ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, complete with suitcase; Debbie Cossover’s foot stomping rendition of ‘You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun’;
The ‘Hello Dolly ‘ number charmed the audience as it actually included a visit from ‘Dolly’-a life size doll which danced in the arms of Berger and Selwyn, vying for her attention. Another fun number was the chorus of cowgirls sequence which required precisely timed twists and turns.
A trip to Israel via ‘Tzena Tzena’ and ‘Hava Nagilah’ set everyone’s hands to clapping as we all sang along with Berger and Selwyn on our last stop through a world tour of songs.
Clever costume changes accomplished in mere minutes and intricate choreography achieved the illusion of instant scene changes and delighted the audience which showed its appreciation by loud sustained applause.
Toby Rubin remarked in thanking the performers that she doesn’t mind growing old now that she has seen what seniors can accomplish! Rubin listed those attending today were people from Weinberg Residence, Louis Brier, Le’Chaim Daycare, JSA and of course, Kehila.
We definitely all left wanting more – some smiling – some singing – all buoyed up by this afternoon’s session which will carry us into summer heartened by the images created by a group of super seniors.
Still humming – Kol Hakavod!