Pat Perea may be 90, but she sang her lungs out as she belted out “It Had to be You” to open the annual Senior Follies Sunday afternoon at Hutchins Street Square.
Despite her 90 years, Perea sounded like someone 30 years her junior.
“I call her the ‘grand dame’ of Lodi,” emcee David Simmons said as he introduced Perea.
The two-hour Senior Follies attracted am estimated 400 people to Hutchins Street Square in a performance that ranged from singers and tap dancers to a skit on The Lone Ranger.
The music included piano selections from Chopin and “Phantom of the Opera” by Peter Ho, traditional favorites like “Pennies from Heaven” by Dr. Floyd Zastrow, “Over the Rainbow” by Pam Arana and “You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You” by Phil Ochoa.
Ochoa showed his versatility by ending the follies by singing the rock hit, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” though he sounded a little more like Dean Martin than Freddie Mercury.
Seniors got into the sing of things by tap dancing to a couple of classic rock and roll selections. The Sassy Senior Tappers tapped to “Happy Together” and the City Tappers acted like Chubby Checker in performing “The Twist.” Simmons, the emcee, wore a tie-dye T-shirt when “Happy Together” was played to make him look like a hippie straight out of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District during the “Summer of Love” in 1967.
“It makes us ageless,” Simmons said during intermission.
“Performing keeps you young,” said Lura Maclise, a Lodi residence since 1973 who taught in the Lodi Unified School District before her retirement.
Arthur Brogli was absolutely crazy as he used his Swiss heritage to yodel and play a bright red accordion to perform the Disneyland favorite “It’s a Small World,” which caused the audience to clap in unison. However, Brogli made it clear he didn’t learn his musical skills in Switzerland.
“I learned to yodel in the Imperial Valley,” he said. “I’m the only yodler to emerge from below sea level.”
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