Smith Village Players perform

Submitted photo. Smith Village players are Ede Iversen (from left), Sig Erber, Sue Delves, Mary Jane Porcelli, Bill Porcelli, Jim Hickey, Mary Christianson and Phil Carlin, with their mentor Amanda Mauceri, associate executive director of Smith Village.

The Smith Village Players, a theatrical group composed of continuing care retirement community residents in Beverly, last month put on a lively variety show for prospective residents, one packed with musical and comedic talent.

Resident Carol Kamp provided piano for the program at 2320 W. 113th Place. Among the eight who performed was Bill Porcelli, a violinist for the Southwest Symphony for 43 years, playing a solo rendition of “Danny Boy,” and his wife Mary Jane, who sang “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Sig Erber, a local actor and singer, and Ede Iversen, another vocalist, sang a duet. Other residents told jokes or performed in skits, including Phil Carlin, Jim Hickey, Sue Delves and Mary Christianson.

The group concluded its program by singing “Thanks for the Memories.”

“What better way to convince people this is a great place to live than to show off the great talent of our residents,” says Ashley Swint, marketing coordinator for Smith Village. “They are creative, active and vibrant, and make the very best ambassadors for our community.”

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