The seed for Anderson Senior Follies, was
planted in 1989 when Dr. Mark Hopkins, then president of
Anderson College, passed his Follies ideas along to Dr.
David Larson, then director of Anderson College's Fine
Arts Center. Dr. Hopkins said something like, "Make it
happen, David." Or maybe he said, "Get 'er done, dude."
Dr. Larson, joined by Annette Cantrell
Martin and Marge Miller, pulled together a cast of more
than 50 seniors from all walks of life who produced the
first Senior Follies show, writing the script as they
went along. The show, "Meet Me At The Klondike Cafe," ran
two nights with 600 in the audience each night in the
spring of 1990. Bob Klatt, an enthusiastic Follies
advocate, stepped forward to help finance that first
Senior Follies show. His generous contribution was
$5,000. It didn't end there. He also footed the bill for
the cast party.
The lady who makes the wheels turn, the
lady who puts the razzle in the dazzle and the
lady who puts the spark in the spark plugs is producer,
composer, director and choreographer Annette Cantrell
She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother
and a friend and mentor who always finds a way to
develop the very best in each cast member. She was there
when it started and is the person most responsible for
the growth and continued success of Anderson Senior
Follies. Her talent and inexhaustible energy is the
dominant force behind the cast of 70 to 100 young-
at-heart seniors who each year bring down the house with
blockbuster singing, dancing, comedy and specialty acts.
Senior Follies has appeared on The Today Show, Good
Morning America, Piccolo Spoleto, Disney World and Epcot
Center. The cast has been featured entertainment on two
Anderson Senior Follies has been awarded
the Shining Light Award by the U.S. Congress for
humanitarian service. In 1999, Anderson Senior
Follies attended the Senior Theater USA conference at
Orlando, Fla., where they took top honors of Best
Costumes, Best Choreography, Best Stage Presence and
Best of Show.
In October of 2006, the Anderson Senior
Follies traveled to St. Louis and once again attended a
Senior Theater USA conference. They were selected to do
the show they wrote and choreographed, "Honey, I'm Home"
as the finale to the conference, presenting the best of
the best of senior organizations.