The Ormond Beach Follies are gearing up for its musical “What the World Needs Now” at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center this weekend.
The Ormond Beach Follies conducted an energetic dress rehearsal on Monday, March 26, ahead of their showcase, giving performers the chance to practice their passions of dance.
“We still keep it up at our age, we’ve got some energy,” said Dorris Allen, a performer in the musical.
Carolyn Greene is another performer and choreographer in the musical, said the show is a combination of dance, specialty numbers, a chorus and some skits. There's a little bit of everything, she said.
The Ormond Beach Follies cast features 50 residents from 11-94 years old, coming from Ormond Beach, Daytona, as well as Flagler, Palm Coast and DeLand. The variety show has been running for over 20 years, and this year, it features songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It also explores the ways the world could be a better place to live.
Greene bragged that she’s one of the oldest performers in the musical.
“I’m not going to stop dancing until I have to," Greene said.
“You’re gonna drop over dancing, aren’t you?" Allen said.
Performer Deanne Shannon continues to dance and perform in musicals because she said she loves being with her theater family. She's been dancing for over 15 years.
"As soon as I came to Ormond Beach, I found the Performing Arts Center and I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Shannon said.
The Ormond Beach Follies will be presenting “What the World Needs Now” at 7:30 p.m. on March 29-30, and at 2:30 p.m. on March 31. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at ormondbeach.org