The 650 Players, with director/producer Asia Hicks, in the front of the group,  will perform “The Magic of Movies,” a spring variety show, this month.

The 650 Players, with director/producer Asia Hicks, in the front of the group, will perform “The Magic of Movies,” a spring variety show, this month.

Photo provided by the OPC


650 Players’ spring variety show coming to the OPC

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 24, 2019

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ROCHESTER — “The Magic of Movies” will come to the stage of the Older Persons’ Commission next week as the 650 Players perform song-and-dance numbers from some of cinema’s greatest hits.

“The theme of the show is ‘Magic of the Movies,’ so it’s iconic songs from different films that we’ve adapted for the stage,” said Asia Hicks, who is co-directing the show with Taylor Morrow-Johnson. “It’s a little bit of everything. We really try to put the ‘variety’ in variety show.”

Hicks said crowds of all ages can enjoy performances of “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” from “Hairspray,” in addition to songs from “Mary Poppins,” “Footloose,” “Annie” and “Mamma Mia” — thanks to the help of musical director Michael Pacaholski.

Dianne Bubnar, the director of enrichment and performing arts for the OPC, said the 650 Players have worked tirelessly putting together a fun and exciting performance.

“They are here early in the morning and will stay and rehearse as long as the auditorium is available, singing and dancing up a storm,” she said in an email. “This production, ‘The Magic of the Movies,’ will be very nostalgic for all audiences, as we all can remember what a big deal it was to go to the movie theater when we were children.”

The 650 Players are a performing group at the OPC made up of actors, singers, dancers and technicians who are 50 or older and live within Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township, or are nonresident OPC members.

The group has many new members this year and is always looking for new individuals who have a passion for performing, according to OPC officials.

“The great thing about this show is that there are a lot of new cast members who have never been involved with 650 Players before, and they’re nailing it,” Hicks said.  

Lunch and performance shows run April 30 and May 1-3 for $15 per ticket, with a special matinee-only finale May 4 for $10 per ticket.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (248) 608-0251 or at the cashier’s window 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

“I guarantee that anyone who attends this musical will have a lot of fun and will leave the OPC singing a happy tune,” Bubnar said in an email.

For upcoming workshops and events, visit www.opcseniorcenter.org or call (248) 656-1403.

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