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"All Aboard" takes audiences around the world at Pinebrook

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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If vacation plans are giving you sticker shock, then Pinebrook Village Senior Community has a deal for you ? a virtual cruise around the world for just $7. ?All Aboard? is a cabaret revue that will leave no port unvisited in its quest to sample sights and sounds from near and far. The brainchild of director Wendy Kayser, ?All Aboard? will allow the group of dedicated, fun-loving residents, ages 70 to 84, to show their stuff in a performance of a lifetime. ?This group gets together and gives of their time and their talent. It?s such a happy time for the neighbors, and for the whole community,? Kayser said. With 30 performers, and a production crew as well, there are plenty of opportunities for thespians and newcomers, alike. ?Many of the performers have never been on a stage before. But these senior citizens really love trying something new,? Kayser said. ?Getting onstage gives the performers an experience they will never forget.? And likely, something the audience will never forget, as well. ?I thought it would be an interesting thing to show different countries, so we are on a cruise ship, reaching different ports of call,? Kayser said. New York, Spain, France, the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and back to the States, in San Francisco, are just a few of the ports at which the ?ship? will dock. Kayser thought it would be fun to do the show in a cabaret style, with round table seating, reminiscent of a cruise-ship lounge. ?It will be just like you are on the ship and enjoying a lounge act,? Kayser said. ?I thought this would be more fun than regular theater seating.? The event will include a well-stocked bar, which will open an hour before the show, and will open again during intermission. But it?s the performers and their up-tempo numbers that will keep the audience lively during the four-performance run. ?We will feature music from Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Ireland ? music that the audience will love from all around the world,? Kayser said. Dances like the Can Can, Hula, and even Irish jigs will offer much of the evening?s fun, as well as best-loved tunes, like Spanish Eyes, I Love Paris, Heat Wave, South of the Border, and more. The evening will include costumes from various regions, as well as Broadway songs and costumes from ?Cats,? ?Les Miserable,? ?Porgy and Bess,? and ?Annie Get Your Gun.? Both cast and audiences are ready to have a good time. ?The whole play is going to be very cute,? said Marilyn Hines, the event?s ticket master. ?My favorite part of the show is probably the Latin music, but all the music is really great. And I love all the beautiful costumes. It?s going to be a great show.? Kayser agreed. ?These are seniors who are getting up there and spreading their wings. We have people in the audience each year from Folsom, Sacramento, Roseville ? people come from all over,? she said. ?We have people who come see the show, then buy tickets for the very next night and come again. They just love it.? * * * KNOW AND GO Welcome Aboard Cabaret When: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 Where: Pinebrook Village Clubhouse, 7900 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom Cost: $7 Info: Marilyn Hines, (916) 987-5548