New Canaan – Joined by staff, volunteers, past and present Waveny board members and family and friends, the residents of New Canaan Inn recently performed their annual “Musical Revue,” entitled “Tell ‘Em Joe Sent You: A Musical Revue of the Roaring 20’s.”
More than 45 participants and an audience well over 100 attendees gathered in the Inn’s living room, which was transformed into “Big Al’s Speak Easy” for the occasion, to perform an assortment of group skits, musical performances, solos, duets, and “walk-about” monologues.
Originally started three years ago byInnresident, Penny Locke, the Musical Revue has become a much-anticipated annual event at New Canaan Inn, and has attracted a steadily growing cast of performers and audience members.
The core of the show was led by the Inn’s resident choral group, the “Inn Notes” who rehearsed for several months to perfect songs, skits and routines. Among their musical pieces were 20’s favorites like Ain’t We Got Fun, You’re the Cream in my Coffee, and Oh, You Beautiful Doll.
In addition to involving the majority of theInn’s residents as performers, the Revue engaged the talents of numerous community songsters. Included in the cast wereInnvolunteers and community members Jean Gnuse, Deborah and Frank Haines, Steve Pond, Donna James, Andy Veitch, Betty McCready, Fred Stark, Beth Schwartz, Levora and Jim D’Acosta, and Jim Bach, who were among the featured performers of evening.
Former Waveny Board member Barbara Porterfield was “honored” to be part of the chorus. “I simply don’t have enough positive words to describe the experience,” said Porterfield. “Each year, the Revue proves to be a true gift to everyone on both sides of stage and involved with its production. From our first rehearsals, up until the event itself, every moment of the experience was uplifting and filled with a contagious energy and excitement. I can only imagine how rewarding it was for the children of the Inn’s residents to watch from the audience as their parents sang, acted, performed and relished in such a fine accomplishment.”
Staff also played an active role in the production, both on stage and behind the scenes. Personnel from all departments participated in the chorus and performed solo dance numbers. “I believe this was possibly our most successful Musical Revue to date,” saidBarbara Jeffries, assistant director of resident activities at New Canaan Inn. “In addition to thanking the numerous people involved with this year’s production, we are also grateful to members of New Canaan’s Police Department for joining us – especially for our 20’s style ‘mock-raid,’ led by Jim D’Acosta – which abruptly brought our production to a close. In true prohibition-era form, our secretly planned raid came as an unexpected surprise for our guests and audience!”
Located at 73 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, New Canaan Inn offers independent living through Waveny Care Network, a comprehensive continuum of healthcare that serves the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that also offers assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village and skilled nursing and inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available six days a week with flexible hours and transportation from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, and respite and hospice care programs at The Village and Care Center. For more information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.