Showcase Reflects City Of Las Vegas Diversity In Song, Dance, Comedy & Music

     The city of Las Vegas invites residents of all ages to the 16th annual Las Vegas Senior Idol Showcase. Tickets are on sale now at all city of Las Vegas senior centers for $5, and they are going quickly. The variety show takes the stage at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., Thursday, June 20, at 3 p.m. and will feature entertainment by amateur and professional performers. All performers are between 56 and 89 years of age.

     Solo and group performances will reflect the diversity of the city in song, dance, music and comedy:

  • Trina Wiggins, a grandmother and pediatrician with Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, will perform a Tina Turner fitness/dance tribute to “Proud Mary.”
  • Kenneth Grady will sing the Alex North/Hy Zaret hit “Unchained Melody.”
  • The “Glitz” duo of Mariza Hein and Lorraine Jones will salsa dance to “Tus Besitos.”
  • Retired Verizon Communications executive secretary Liz Swantek will sing the Smokey Robinson and The Miracles 1965 hit, “Ooh, Baby Baby.”
  • Backstage Revue duo Ann Vizzaccero and Sonja Swenson will sing “Happiness Hotel,” made famous by the Muppets in “The Great Muppet Caper.”
  • Treasures of the Nile belly dancers will perform in costume to music by Ro-Je.
  • Linda Wells will sing Aretha Franklin’s 1968 hit “Ain’t No Way.”
  • The eight Tapping Troubadours will dance to “It’s A Musical.”
  • Entertainer and former Mr. Universe/Mr. America Bill Cunningham will sing “I’ve Got The World On A String.”
  • The duo of U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Charles Vecchi and retired schoolteacher Jean Henning will perform to “People Magazine.”
  • The Sirocco group will perform a Middle Eastern dance with veils.
  • Former Mrs. Nevada America Tammy Hicks will sing the 1951 popular song written by Churchill Kohlman, “Cry.”
  • The six Sunsations dancers of Sun City MacDonald Ranch will perform to a “Mamma Mia” medley.
  • Retired carpenter Bill Reiss will sing Andy Williams’ theme from the movie “Love Story,” “Where Do I Begin.”
  • The duo of Hoshea Cordowin and Maria Lagos will salsa dance to “Shake, Shake, Shake.”
  • Entertainer Murry McKay will sing “See You When I Get There.”
  • The Geriatric Elvis Mike Kehoe will perform “Viva Las Vegas.”
  • Sun City Zumba instructor Maya will dance to “Salsa Caliente.”
  • Entertainer Ruth Allen will sing Simon & Garfunkel’s hit “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
  • Backstage Revue duo Ann Vizzaccero and Sonja Swenson will perform a comedy routine, “Best Friends.”
  • Native Las Vegan Michael Finley, Sr. will sing “Just Once,” as a tribute to the late James Ingram.
  • Retired boxing trainer Rico Wells will sing Nat King Cole’s hit “Unforgettable.”
  • The five Hot Flash Dancers will perform to “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise.”
  • Retired music teacher Audrey Smith will sing, tap dance and play the piano to Natalie Cole’s “Almost Like Being In Love.”
  • The three tap dancers of “In The Groove” will perform to the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk.”

     For more information, contact Alice Jarvis at 702-229-6453.