Sunday, November 13, 2011


Kudos to our directors for their foresight and vision, and for making the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT the best in the county!


A long held dream of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTORS, Adeo and Johanne Santori has been realized, the inclusion of a chorus as part of the entertainment during the pageants. Johanne enlisted the help of Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA2007, appointed her as director, and told her to come up with a plan. After a week of e-mails and phone calls, the idea was enthusiastically received by many NJCC members.

The group is called, THE GREAT DAMES CHORUS, has 38 members and is still growing, the majority of whom are singers, and the rest are dancers, mimes, and specialty acts. Their debut performance will be at the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2012, in June, the exact date yet to be announced.

THE GREAT DAMES CHORUS will do a number called "BROADWAY LADIES", a medley of 3 all-time hits songs, We're In The Money, Big Spender, and Whatever Lola Wants". The format is Show Chorus, a style of performing that has been made popular by the hit TV series, "GLEE". Instead of the traditional row-like formation, the ladies will stand in clusters, with the singers singing and moving in place, while the dancers and others do a choreographed routine.

Special thanks go to Joan Kaplan, NJCC Treasurer, who arranged the rehearsal space, which is the American Legion Post #166, in Lakewood. Much luck to everyone on this new venture!

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