Carroll Dodd is well known in the Vancouver area as the "clogging teacher". She dances with flexibility and energy much beyond many people years her junior. She has danced since the age of five and has been in shows at fairs, residences, senior and recreational centers, and for private parties. She teaches aerobics and clogging. Her experience also includes acting, singing and writing.
Thelma Scoville is a vibrant thespian, currently performing with VA VA VOOM. She has been performing since the age of 5. Thelma is well-rounded as a local theatrical performer. Not only does she sing, she is skilled in make-up application, backstage management, costume design and choreography. Thelma recently performed in "An American Quilt" and The Marshallaires.
David Owens is a newcomer to the vaudeville stage. Joining us for the 2012 holiday season David brings acting, comedy and, of course, singing. His rendition of Elvis is worth the trip to see the show.
Harriet Walker is the organizer of this Vancouver and vicinity-based vaudeville theatre company. She spent 9 years with Northwest Senior Theatre as President of the Board of Directors, Business Manager, Costumer and entertainer. After retiring this 2011 holiday season from NST, Harriet takes her performing and coordination experience to the task of producing shows for VA VA VOOM. A 21-year veteran of Barbershop singing , she came to the Vancouver community yearning for entertainment "on this side of the bridge."
Vancouver's very own Nancy Rickard has been pleasing audiences for 75 years. Starting at 3 years old she continues to perform with her one-woman show "Nancy and Friends". Her most recent theatrical contribution was to the "American Quilt" performed this summer. Nancy enjoys country and western singing, and even though she says she is 'somewhat of a performer' her stage presence is engaging and her voice is beautiful.
Bill Lynch is the sound technician for all performances. Bill researched information about sound systems and designed VA VA VOOM's existing system. He also learned to operate the system.
began performing in front of live audiences very early in her life. At 16 years of age she recorded her first record with a singing group. She has performed in many groups around the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas. Ali moved to Oregon in the 1990s and performed in dance and vocal groups around Portland. Ali has so much talent and VA VA VOOM has benefited by Ali’s joining the troupe.
Diane Prokop has been involved in the Performing Arts for the past 47 years. First, as a student herself in classes and productions. Then, once she received her college degree in Performing Arts, she became a drama teacher and directed plays on all levels. She got her Masters Degree in the Performing Arts when she created the drama curriculum to be used in secondary education. Recently she retired and joined VA VA VOOM and couldn't be happier. Diane is a member of the National Thespian Society and Phi Delta Kappa.
James (Dez) Desmond was born in Toledo, Ohio, 1943. He attended Harvard (Yes, there is a Harvard Grade School in Ohio), graduated from Perrysburg High School. Earned a BS in Business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
He has traveled to many of the countries on this planet. Worked for 24 years as sales manager of the Libbey Glassware Division of Owens Illinois.
He has produced, directed, and acted in a number of religious plays in his travels across the USA. Retired to Portland OR and moved to Vancouver WA IN 1999.
Dusty Reiber is new to the troupe this fall. Returning to the Northwest this year after a stint in the Midwest, he's ready to return to the stage. He has been involved in theatre since performing in ten productions in High School. Many of his performances were seen at the Olympic Theatre Arts in Sequim where he acted in a wide range of productions including, Sly Fox, Rumers, Lend Me a Tenor, The Sudden and Accidental Reeducation of Horse Johnson, On Golden Pond and many others. He lives in Battle Ground with his lovely wife, Mary.