The Pascal Go-Getters bring their show back home ANNE ARUNDEL SENIORS

December 16, 1992|By Amy P. Ingram | Amy P. Ingram,Contributing Writer

Rosie Page, 5, laughed out loud at men and women old enough to be her grandparents dressed as elves and chipmunks, singing and dancing their way through an hour and a half holiday show.

"I think they're funny," said Rosie, a kindergartner at Freetown Elementary School who was watching the show along with 200 '' senior citizens. "I want them to go to my school so I can show my friends."

The Pascal Go-Getters, a song and dance group of more than 30 volunteer seniors, brought their show home yesterday to the Pascal Senior Center in Glen Burnie where the group was formed in 1978.

The show, said director Ray Poff, reflects the youthful outlook of the group's members.

"We may be seniors, but we still get up and go," said Mr. Poff, 59.

In fact, that's where the name originated, said George Eber, 89, one of the original members. "We wanted to keep going," he explained. "We wanted to share ourselves with the people who can't get out that much."

Helene Sank, a piano player with the Go-Getters for 13 years, said she joined the group because she wanted an outlet for all her energies.

"It gives me something to look forward to," said Ms. Sank, 73. "It gives me a lift. Just because you're retired doesn't mean you have to lay down and die."

The Go-Getters put on more than 75 shows a year throughout the state. They've taken their shows, which are based around the seasons, to hospitals, elementary schools, the Naval Academy, senior centers and nursing homes.

They have performed live on television three times and recently performed for a crowd of 1,000 at the Naval Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis.

"Approximately 70 percent of our shows are repeat performances," said Mr. Poff. "The reaction to our shows is extremely good. They usually ask us back."

John Bozek, Go-Getter sound man for 12 years, said most of their audiences enjoy the scenery and costumes -- all made by Go-Getter members.

Children especially enjoy the costumes, said Mr. Bozek, 71, "The children love us, just like the seniors do.

"People are making reservations for next year already," he added.

Evelyn Newman, 79, a regular at the Pascal Center for the past 13 years, has watched the group expand from a quintet to more than 30 members today.

"These people have so much life in them. I like the dancing and the music. I think everybody does," she said. "But most of all I like the camaraderie among all of them. They have a professionalism about them and it shows."

Ann Wagner, director of the center, said the seniors there really enjoyed the shows. She said they can relate to some of the material because it allows them to reminisce.

The Go-Getters will perform Thursday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in the 600 block of Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park for the Anne Arundel County Retired Persons Association Thursday.

Information: 760-9409. All performances are free.

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