Residents at Soleil Laurel Canyon in Canton recently presented Soleil’s Got Talent. The nearly three-hour show was a rousing success, featuring the 37 members of the Soleil Singers, raising $2,110 for the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council and collecting non-perishable food items for the MUST Ministries food bank.

The show opened with a “Broadway Blast” medley of show tunes by the Soleil Singers, who also performed renditions of melodies from “South Pacific” and “Chicago” throughout the evening. The show was orchestrated by a witty emcee who juggled throughout the show. He presented the more than 10 additional acts, which included comedy, piano, voice, magic and dance performances from a wide variety of entertainment genres, like swing, tap, contemporary and more.

“We all worked hard, especially all the volunteers from Soleil who did all the behind-the-scenes tasks,” said Sandy Schnee, Producer/Director of Soleil’s Got Talent and Musical Director of the Soleil Singers. “I think every person who contributed in his/her own special way to this wonderful night deserves to feel proud of what we accomplished.”

The program included the following performances by residents of the active adult community: Ernie Jarvis, a member of the Soleil Singer’s Bass section, did an old-time comedy routine based on a North Carolina mountain man by the name of Ack Adams. The Soleil Singer’s Assistant Director, Clela Roubicek, and accompanist, Ralph Russ, comprised the Soleil Piano Duo. They performed a variety of Broadway favorites and a four-hand arrangement of the “Warsaw Concerto.” Robert Stampf, a member of the Cherokee Chorale, knocked everyone out with his singing of Sinatra’s “My Way” and “New York, New York.” Mary Nell McLauchlin and Ed Ferko, Local Motion Dance Team members, performed as one of four couples doing three well-rehearsed and very well-received routines. Another member of the Bass section, Don Sungail, sang and played the keyboard to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” Carol Horowitz performed a nostalgic tap dance to Gene Kelley’s “Singin’ in the Rain.” Bob Colby performed magic tricks and Al Bardakjy presented a parody to the song “Side By Side.”

Soleil Laurel Canyon’s residents cannot wait for next year’s show. For more information about living in this active adult community, please visit

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