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The show goes on for Chandler seniors

April 13th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
The show goes on for Chandler seniors

By Ken Sain
Staff Writer

It didn’t take Trevor Groth long to know his show was going to be a success.

“This is the first one, I did do the virtual show last year, but this is the first one I’ve done before an audience,” Groth said of the Spice of Life Senior Variety Show last month at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

“I didn’t get the full experience last year, but in the matinee show, after that first act came off stage, the audience was just so responsive. A lot of them were just excited to be back.”

As the city’s recreation coordinator, he was in charge of the first senior talent show the city has done since 2019. The show two years ago was days away from taking place when the pandemic began and public gatherings went away. Last year, they asked a few acts to perform before a camera to do a virtual show.

Jesse Washington, who performed “Unchained Melody” and “Mr. Bojangles” at this year’s show, said it was great to be in front of an audience again.

“Everybody was really excited to get back together again,” said Mary Anne Asciutto, who performed “All That Jazz.” “We were all so happy to see everyone come back.”

Groth said many of the performers are veterans who have been part of this show for a number of years. He said one of the biggest challenges they had to overcome was figuring out how to make everyone feel comfortable coming back with the pandemic still underway.

“We’re still kind of dealing with everybody’s emotions, their feelings about if they wanted to come out or not,” he said. “Luckily, we’ve had quite a few people who have been a regular part of the show who came back.”

Two of those people were Director Arlene Strandberg and Emcee Rosemary Morton. Groth said it was their 20th show together.

In the days before the show took place, a couple of performers in the second act became ill. The show must go on, so they shuffled together a new lineup for the second act.

“Arlene and Rosemary, with those two professionals in the field, they were able to pull it together,” Groth said.

There were three auditions in January to earn a spot in the show, Groth said.

“It’s fun to see the talent of the seniors here,” Asciutto said. “There’s a true love of singing, of performing.”