Members of the Center had a rollicking good time when they performed “Scenes from Grease – Montgomery Senior Center Style!”
Post Date:02/20/2018 3:46 PM
MONTGOMERY – Dressed in period costume, members of the Montgomery Senior Center had fun rocking to the beat as they performed their own rendition of songs from the musical Grease. The show, titled “Scenes from Grease – Montgomery Senior Center Style,” was held Jan. 31 at the facility, located in the Otto Kaufmann Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.
In front of a filled-to-capacity crowd, costumed participants performed, sang and danced. They also changed their own scenery between acts. Featured in the “orchestra” were members of the center’s ukulele band, known as “The Full Monty Uke Band.”
“Scenes from GREASE” was created in partnership with The Coffee House Project INC, a local non-profit agency directed by John Fitzpatrick. The agency’s Second Story Band performed in concert with the center’s Ukulele band.
Costumes, choreography and set design were produced by center members under the direction of Senior Center Manager Denise Crowley, with assistance from Associate Elyse Rufulo.
The action–packed show was emceed by Colleen Hart, a communications major at Rutgers University. Kevin DiRocco, grandson of members Marie & John DiRocco, sang “Hopelessly Devoted” and “Blue Moon.”
Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a wide range of experiences, including themed events, such as this performance of “GREASE,” which incorporate physical activity and mental stimulation, e.g. creating costumes and props and learning dance moves and song lyrics.
The centers also offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50, for individuals age 60 and above. Menus include hot meat-based and meatless entrées or boxed lunches that include meat-based and meatless options.
Center programs are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the county Board of Chosen Freeholders. Many of the programs and activities are made possible through partnerships, volunteers and the generosity of donors who pay instructor and presentation fees.
For more information, contact the Somerset County Montgomery Senior Center at (609) 466-0846.