United Entertainer’s Society has fewer members now than back in 1999 but the group still likes to help out the community of Delta as best it can.
Founder Ross Laidley started the group off on the right path back in the day when volunteering to help was dear to his heart. Volunteering is the soul of any non-profit. So non-profits rise up to the challenge of giving back.
Three non-profits, United Entertainers Society, the Versatile Entertainers Society and KinVillage Community Centre are coming together to present Vagabonds, a musical trip through history at the KinVillage Community Centre.
Or, it could be said, “seniors entertaining seniors” and all under the direction of Susie Francis, a seventh generation entertainer. With her parents, Fran Dowie and Candy Kane, she was on the stage more than she was off.
Besides her formal education and scholarship to Ealing Technical College of Art, she trained in dance, voice and music at the Royal Academy in London England.
Francis continued on this course throughout her life, producing, directing, writing and performing in many shows, throughout Europe and North America.
She is responsible for the formation of two great senior performance groups, The Vaudevillians (in honour of her Dad, Fran Dowie), in Delta in 2000 and The Versatiles (named for Grandfather, Frank Dowie Sr.) in 2006. Francis’ dream is to raise enough funds to build a Vaudeville type theatre in the Lower Mainland for all non-profits to use and perform. She is passing on her amazing brand of laughter and entertainment to old and young alike.
The United Entertainers Society has joined forces with KinVillage to raise funds for a new bus which helps seniors enjoy a day out. Whether it’s a shopping trip to Walmart or a day luncheon of fish and chips in Steveston, a trip to a local worship place on Sundays, or a tour of the community they helped develop, all those who participate thoroughly enjoy the bus rides.
The United Entertainers Society presents Vagabonds: Seniors entertaining Seniors at the KinVillage Community Centre, Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. It is a one night only show.
Not only will this performance be a showcase of the amazing talent among our senior citizens, with entertainers ranging in age from 55 to 93, and displaying a commitment to keep the true form of classic entertainment alive.
Tickets available in Ladner at Marlin Travel, 5203-48th Ave., beside RBC (ask for Kimm) or KinVillage Community Centre 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday or call 604-946-9224 to order tickets for pickup at those locations.
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