A group of senior citizens will be making waves this weekend on the fictional Fun and Follies Cruise Line at Crowder College.

A group of senior citizens will be making waves this weekend on the fictional Fun and Follies Cruise Line at Crowder College.
The 29th annual Silver Follies will take the stage in the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Crowder College campus in Neosho. This year's production, written by the participants, is called "Making Waves.” The setting is a cruise ship.
“We sing, we dance, we tell jokes, we do skits, and we will surprise you in our abilities to prove that ‘we ain’t dead yet,’” stated Linda Rasmussen, director.
She became involved 10 years ago after attending her first show in 2000. This year marks her third as director. Pianist Bernadine Sprenkle has been playing for the Silver Follies since the first one.
Silver Follies participants write a new show each year, they build the sets, and they serve as both cast and crew. This year, 18 senior citizens are involved, ranging in age from 62 through 90.  The Silver Follies began as a community service project at Crowder College. Senior citizens aged 55 plus are invited to participate in the group.
"We welcome all senior citizens to come out and join us, either on stage or behind the scenes," Rasmussen said. "We have a lot of fun and camaraderie and such a feeling of accomplishment after that last show. If anyone is interested in participating, call me."
Rasmussen can be reached at 417-389-2454.
The show will be presented today through Sunday. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on both today and Saturday and at a 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday. Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of 12.  Ages 12 and under are admitted free.
Cast members this year are Ruth E. Arnall, Ellen Arnce, Helen Causer, Richard Edwards, Mary Lee England, Teresa Hanger, Dick Keezer, Pat Lett, Glennis Naylor, Linda Naylor, Yvonne Naylor, John Naylor, Oma Nichols, Sherry Perkins, Linda Rasmussen, Bernadine Sprenkle, Bea Watson, and Roger Wilson.
The Hoot and Holler Cloggers, Bella Vista, Arkansas, will make a special appearance this year. Cloggers include Judy Bailey, Marilyn Beveridge, Paula Fettig, Kathy Fidler,Jean Kittleson, Marilyn O'Brien, Connie Salzer, and Peggy Wooden.