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Show spotlights 12 class acts

The Senior Talent Show includes tap dancers, barbershoppers, a poet, a harmonica player and a group that does funny skits.

By JULIANNE WU

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001


The Senior Talent Show includes tap dancers, barbershoppers, a poet, a harmonica player and a group that does funny skits.

LARGO -- Some performers tickled the funny bone.

Others sang old, familiar tunes.

But to the audience of 400, all 12 acts at the Senior Talent Show at the Largo Community Center on Thursday were winners.

They were selected from a field of 64 acts that had auditioned earlier this month.

Wanda Stone of Seminole warmed up the crowd when she played the tune Chopsticks, showing the versatility of Liberace. First she played it as a waltz, then a polka and finally as a boogie woogie tune.

No candelabra, though.

Then there was Mike Hallowich of Dunedin, a.k.a. "The Singing Barber," belting out such favorites as When You're Smiling and As Time Goes By.

Hallowich, 88, owned a barber shop for about 10 years in Largo. "They really called me "The Singing Barber,' " he said. Before that, he had been a lace curtain weaver in Philadelphia.

Thursday's show also included tap dancers, a poet, a harmonica player and a group called the Traveling Road Show, which did funny skits.

Jim "J.C." Cameron of New Port Richey gave a spirited performance of songs by Jerry Lee Lewis, the late Roy Orbison and RonnieMilsap. It was his third consecutive appearance at the Largo Senior Talent Show.

An animated Cameron, who donned a black wig and sunglasses when he sang Orbison's Pretty Woman, was a hit with the women in the audience by planting kisses on their cheeks, dancing with them and sitting on their laps.

Although they had to wait two hours in the wings, the barbershop quartet "Double Duty" didn't seem to mind.

"We came out here as a lark and were excited when we were selected to perform," said Don Meyncke, a tenor from Palm Harbor.

Meyncke, a financial adviser, is in the quartet with Oldsmar resident Bill Barman (lead singer), a self-employed computer programmer; Dean Woodruff (bass), a self-employed salesman of Palm Harbor and Bob Troup (baritone) of Largo, who drives a delivery truck.

When they finally got on stage, the audience gave the appropriate oohs and ahs as the barbershoppers sang such favorites as Daddy's Little Girl and Wait 'Til The Sun Shines, Nellie.

"I give these people a lot of credit for getting up there," said Clara Scime of New York, a winter visitor to Largo. "I couldn't do it."

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