May is Older Americans Month, and according to a recent Census Bureau report, there are now more older Americans than ever before in United States history -- about 55 million. A few play shuffleboard at Florida mobile home parks, but most are so active that the entertainment industry has realized their value in the consumer market. Later this month, producers of Senior Star Search
hope more than 200 older entertainers will audition to join a permanent senior theatre company in greater Los Angeles. Winners will receive money, performance opportunities, access to workshops, publicity and industry exposure. Contestants younger than 55 need not apply.
Carol Channing, 94
Do seniors really have the moxie to strut their stuff on stage? Many say yes, including Tony Bennett (88), Angela Lansbury (89), Cloris Leachman (89), Florence Henderson (81), and young Valerie Harper (75). Maybe Carol Channing said it best. "Growing up in the Christian Science church, age was never an important factor to me....however, apparently it is to the rest of the world. It's nice to know there are others in this world who encourage us to celebrate the contributions that seniors bring to society."
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