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Senior Follies to perform August 20 and 21 at OCCC. George Nigh is this year’s ‘King”

Darla Shelden Story by on July 19, 2016 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
The 2016 Snior Follies Beauties cluster, clockwise from the left, around (lucky guy) Terry Runnels, director: Cheryl Clements, Jan Henry, Chris Morriss, Terri Cooper, Mary Blankenship Pointer, and Renate Wiggin. Photo Provided

The 2016 Snior Follies Beauties cluster, clockwise from the left, around (lucky guy) Terry Runnels, director: Cheryl Clements, Jan Henry, Chris Morriss, Terri Cooper, Mary Blankenship Pointer, and Renate Wiggin. Photo Provided

Staff Report

Oklahoma Senior Follies, Inc. has chosen its group of 2016 Beauties. This is a group of outstanding, involved, attractive women who epitomize the best of active women over 55 years of age. They will be featured in the Senior Follies Extravaganza along with the 2016 King, former Governor George Nigh.

Former Kings have been Leland Gourley, Barry Switzer and Dick Sias, all seniors who have contributed greatly to the greater Oklahoma City community.

The 2016 beauties include community volunteer Cheryl Clements, Oklahoma City University First Lady Jan Henry, State Chief of Protocol Chris Morriss, Rotary Club President Terri Cooper, Republic Bank and Trust Senior Vice President Mary Blankenship Pointer, and oil and gas professional Renate Wiggin.

Former Governor George Nigh is a good sport – and will serve as the 2016 Follies “King.” He served as the Sooner State’s chief executive twice, and was the first two-term Oklahoma governor in history.

After his service running the state, affable Nigh served on the board of directors for J.C. Penney and as president for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He is presently a director and advisor in public relations for the International Bank of Commerce.

A new 501c3 entity, the Follies troupe founded through the vision of Bobbie Burbridge Lane and the Burbridge Foundation to promote, encourage and stimulate the social and active lives of our Oklahoma seniors through example, reminding them to go out and use their talents for good.

The annual follies production has garnered stellar reviews and excellent attendance in its annual productions the past several years. Filling up the new performance venue is the next objective.

The Follies also sponsors the Joy Tour, which entertains seniors at assisted living, senior living and nursing homes centers throughout the Oklahoma City Metro. As always, net proceeds from the Senior Follies benefit our “seasoned citizens” in tangible ways.

The Oklahoma Senior Follies extravaganza “a la Ziegfeld” will be held August 20 at 7 p.m. and August 21 at 3 p.m. and will have senior stars of Screen, TV and Stage performing solos, duets, production numbers, choral selections, a dance troupe, a line dance group, a ventriloquist, pianists, country stars.

All this and more will perform on the outstanding stage of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), 7777 South May Avenue. Tickets are now on sale at 405-682-7579.

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