If you're a talented senior age 55 or over, this is the time of year to break out your top hat and spats, spit shine your tap shoes or tune up your ukulele in preparation for auditions for the 2013 Oklahoma Senior Follies.
Auditions will be Jan. 12 and 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Petree Auditorium on the first floor of the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Building at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.
This will be the third annual Oklahoma Senior Follies, directed by OCU's David Herendeen, director of the university's opera and music theater department. The show is a Follies in the style of the Ziegfeld Follies of the early 20th century.
Suffer from stage fright? If you're more the behind-the-scenes patron of the performing arts type, you, too, can be part of the Senior Follies by joining Follies Friends.
The group will promote and support the goals of the Oklahoma Senior Follies, said Bobbie Burbridge Lane, founder of the Follies and President of The Burbridge Foundation that produces the Follies.
“And our goal is to raise more money!” Lane said.
All proceeds from the annual Follies are given to Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County to provide free hot meals to people who because of their frail health or advanced age are homebound.
For 2012, the Foundation donated enough money to pay for about 67,000 meals, but Mobile Meals provides more than 167,000 meals to needy seniors each year.
“So, we're trying to raise 100,000 more hot meals this year,” Lane said. “The only way we can do this is if we come up with more money.”
Lane, a longtime community volunteer, drew on her years of experience raising money for organizations when she came up with a surefire way to raise more money for the Follies.
She knew she couldn't sell more tickets; Oklahoma City University's Kirkpatrick Auditorium only holds so many people and ticket sales have been maxed out each year.