Woman seeking showbiz talent of a certain age for vaudeville revival

first_imgBARBERTON — You’re only as old as you act.Harriet Walker, 69, has an itch to prove it. So she’s hanging a shingle outside the Barberton Grange.Wanted: Showbiz talent of a certain age.“I’m looking for people who can juggle, who can yodel, who can dance, who can do ventriloquism,” she said. “Can you play Dixieland jazz or bluegrass? Can you play the banjo?”If you said yes to any of these — or you’ve got some other stage-worthy skill that generates smiles — and you’re “50 and better,” you’re what Walker’s after. Talent of nearly any sort is welcome. Walker emphasized to this reporter that a dog jumping through a hoop would be great.“I am looking for anyone who has talent that I can put together in a 90-minute show,” she said.She wants to demonstrate that there’s as much seasoned talent in Clark County as there is in Portland, home of the Northwest Senior Theater, an auditions-only company that stages two Broadway-style shows per year. Walker has been a member of NST for years — and wants to imitate it up here.“I’m trying to start an organization patterned after NST — up and running, working well, profitable financially,” she said.And, contributing something to the health and happiness of seniors itching to perform, as well as those who just want to applaud, she said.“There are so many seniors out there that have talents that are not being utilized,” she added. “I want to get them off their couches and away from the television set and putting on our own show. Senior theater is in my blood.”last_img

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