Fantasy Follies Provides Life-Long Learning and Fulfills Dreams for Entertainers over 55 Years Young

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Free Spirit Vacations and Events present Fantasy Follies, an event intended to inspire, encourage, educate, and provide opportunities for entertainers over the age of 55 years young to achieve dreams and goals, gain strength and confidence, and pursue health in mind, body and spirit. Participants will spend three days in a learning environment and conclude with a performance on a legendary Las Vegas stage, displaying the skills they have learned.

“Fantasy Foll allows participants who have reached the "Age of Elegance" to step into the spotlight of grace and dignity and accept the recognition they so richly deserve."

Entertainers over the age of 55 are invited to perform on a legendary, state-of-the-art stage in Las Vegas – the same stage as Toby Keith, Reba McIntyre, and other popular entertainers, as part of the Fantasy Follies Conference and Review, November 15-18, 2011. In addition to learning new skills, polishing existing skills, and making new friends, all participants will be in the spotlight as the curtain rises at the Railhead Theatre Stage at the Boulder City Hotel and Casino.    

All skill levels are welcome. Fantasy Follies is intended to inspire, encourage, educate, and provide opportunities for participants to achieve dreams and goals, gain strength and confidence, and pursue health in mind, body and spirit. “These entertainers are so inspirational,” states event producer, Sue Arko from Free Spirit Vacations and Events. “I love to watch them sparkle as they achieve their life-dreams. Some have entertained all their lives and some started once they retired. It doesn’t matter – they are all an inspiration.”

The Fantasy Follies Show will be produced by Las Vegas' premier director, choreographer, and costume Designer, Mistenguett. Mistinguett is recognized in the entertainment industry as one of the most experienced director and choreographers of her time. Having worked with partner-producer Greg Thompson from 1982-2007, she has opened over 400 shows on five continents over a 25 year period. She has collected seven "Show of the Year" awards and three "Best Costume Design" awards for her work in Reno, Las Vegas and Atlantic City entertainment markets.

Dance and acting instructor, Mary Ann Arcadipane is a former Broadway performer and has produced additional road productions on the east coast, sharing the stage with acts such as Richard Pryor, Phyllis Diller, Ruth Brown, Johnnie Ray, and Tony Bennett. In addition, she has worked on the Las Vegas Strip for Klein's Attractions, a provider of Convention Shows in the late 1950's.

Vocal clinician Mary Jo Okawa is an award winning educator who has been a professional director, choreographer and performer for over 25 years. Well known in Arizona for her teaching in theatre, dance and vocal music, Mary-Jo is also an accomplished professional singer who has traveled throughout the United States and Southeast Asia sharing her talents. She is proud to have entertained our troops in the USO. Over the past three years, Mary-Jo has built a reputable theatre company which offers enrichment, education and entertainment to entertainers of all ages through high quality theatrical productions, camps, workshops and classes.
Additionally, a special panel, led by Ms. Sr. California Director Marilyn Kohler will teach attendees how to market their talent. Ms. Kohler directs seven preliminary pageants in California and one Annual State Pageant. In 2001, she founded the entertainment troupe - the "Sizzlin' Seniors in Motion" which proved an instant success, as the troupe now entertains at over 50 events each year.    “Our pageants allow women who have reached the "Age of Elegance" to step into the spotlight of grace and dignity and accept the recognition they so richly deserve,” comments Ms. Kohler. “The Ms. Senior America Philosophy is based upon the belief that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. It is upon their knowledge, experience and resources that the younger generation has the opportunity to build a better society.”

Fantasy Follies is co-produced by Gilbert, AZ companies M&M Productions and Free Spirit Vacations and Events. To register for the Fantasy Follies, call 480-926-5547 or email sue(at)freespiritvacations(dot)com.

About Free Spirit Vacations and Events:
Free Spirit Vacations and Events is an Arizona-based marketing and life enrichment company specializing in the “Fifty Forward” age group. All programs offered contain life-enhancing components, and guests are encouraged to Dream, Believe, and Achieve their goals. All programs offered contain life-enhancing components. Free Spirit inspires, encourages, educates, and provides opportunities to achieve dreams and goals, gain strength and confidence, and pursue health in mind, body and spirit.

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