The Annual DO40 Membership Meeting
is a Hit with Members!

DO40 2015 Annual Membership MeetingNew members mingled with our regulars, speakers illuminated the audience about their projects, and DO40 Prez John Sefakis introduced the 2015 – 2016 season at DO40’s September 21st  annual membership meeting at the Ripley/Grier Studios. Casting guru Carol Hanzel took to the floor to talk about mature dancers and the casting process for the last half of the meeting.  Q & A covered internet casting tools for performers, what to put in resumes and types of photos needed for the mature dancer. 

It was a very neat and tidy two hours.  Long time member Denise Pence spoke about the Rehearsal Club and their ultimate goal of producing a documentary, Joanna Rush and director/choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbet promoted Joanna’s one woman show, Kick, to be performed at our favorite theater, St. Luke’s on Sunday nights at 7pm, and then there was a lot of cross talk, that was reminiscent of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon! 

Joanna Rush realized she was in Boys from Syracuse with DO40 member Norma Doggett-Bezwick (the girl in the green dress in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!).  Norma has had such a long career, it took her a while to focus one of her later shows.  One would not think the two would have performed together.  Norma is now 90 – and Joanna is definitely a few generations removed!  It was one of Norma’s last shows, and one of Joanna’s firsts!

(Left) Casting Guru Carol Hanzel gives our members the scoop on casting for mature performers

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(Left photo) DO40 member Denise Pence talks about the parallel missions of The Rehearsal Club and DO40.
(Right Photo) DO40 Prez John Sefakis lays out the 2015 - 2016 DO40 season

In the crowd, Karin Baker and hubby Greg, Patti Mariano and Joanne Mariano, Denise Pence, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Leni Anders, Joanna Rush, John Sheridan, Patrick McCarthy, James Dybas, Michael Isaacs, Ann Murphy, Nancy Dalton, Paul Berne, Gene Gavin, Sasha Spielvogel, Cherylyn Jones, Ken Urmston, Roseanna Mineo, Norma Doggett-Bezwick and DO40 Prez John Sefakis.  A sizeable crowd, considering we did have to change the date at the last minute! The meeting was also a great tool to recruit more volunteers for our tables at the BC/EFA Flea Market!  See you same time next year (give or take a Jewish Holiday in between)!                          

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(Left Photo) DO40 Board Member Patrick McCarthy can't stop binge carrot crunching....
(Right Photo) DO40 members Norma Doggett-Bezwick and Leni Anders

Background Photo 2015 MEMBERSHIP MEETING, By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc