PROUD TO BE A FRESNO TRADITION FOR OVER 29 YEARS
New Wrinkles started in November 1988 with a newspaper advertisement seeking seniors (age 55 plus) interested in performing in a senior variety show. Since that time, the show has grown to become a tradition in Fresno area entertainment, being cited as “one of the year’s top 20 arts and cultural offerings” in 2007 by Fresno Bee critic Donald Munro.
From its earliest beginnings, the New Wrinkles Company has always been a multifaceted family of seniors experiencing the energetic camaraderie involved in creating entertainment excellence. Over the years, many talented seniors have assembled for the yearly shows. Life-long friendships have formed and endured.
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
With over 45 years of multi-dance experience and training in tap, jazz, ballet, and numerous other facets of the arts, David Bonetto has designed the performing arts program at DanceWorks Unlimited to build self-expression, mental and physical discipline, and personal motivation through the art of dance.
David is actively involved in all areas of the performing arts with choreography for play productions, fashion shows, pageants, stage productions and has been an adjudicator for these same events throughout the state as well as dance competitions across the country.
As the director of “Kids Unlimited”, a performing arts group, David has been instrumental in providing young people with motivation, performance training and social responsibility. He has had the privilege of working as the Director of New Wrinkles, at Fresno City College, Fresno’s premier Senior Showcase Performing Company providing Fresno with Song, Dance and Laughter.
Currently, David is on faculty at Fresno City College in the dance department, serves as a consultant to Fresno Unified School District conducting workshops and choreography. For the last 20 years he has had an active role in the beauty and design industry as a visual artist and marketing director.
Ellie began playing the piano since the age of 6, and has studied under various private teachers and mentors throughout her life.
In 1994, Ellie was accepted into the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts, where she gained experience in sight reading and accompanist skills through the school’s Musical Theatre conservatory. By the year’s end, she had been voted “Most Likely To Succeed” by the other students in the Piano Conservatory program.
In 1999, she began work as the Choral Assistant for the Roosevelt School of the Arts in Fresno, CA. There, she further honed her accompanist skills, but also learned about MIDI programming, leading to her first show orchestration, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” performed by Children’s Musical Theatreworks in Fresno, California, under the direction of Joel Abels. Since that time, Ellie has performed in various capacities around California, taking on a role as an actor/singer/pianist in the Knott’s Berry Farm Calico Saloon Show, as well as playing keyboards and piano for various recording artists around California.
She currently owns her own design & marketing firm, EllieGirl Creations, and also works as accompanist for the United Japanese Christian Church in Clovis, CA.
Rebecca Sarkisian brings an extensive resume of education and experience to the New Wrinkles production team. As a soprano, Rebecca received her MM in Vocal Performance at San Francisco State University after earning her BA degree in Vocal Performance from CSU, Fresno. Ms. Sarkisian has performed in a variety of genres including opera, operetta, oratorio, musical theater and recital, both locally and throughout the state. Working with such organizations as the Music From Bear Valley Festival, Opera Fresno, Center Stage Productions, Good Company Players and The Sierra Chamber Opera, she has performed a number of roles including Despina in “Cosi fan tutte,” Lily in “Kiss Me Kate,” Frasquita in “Carmen,” Lady Thiang in “The King and I,” and Ruth in “The Pirates of Penzance.”
Accumulating over 30 years of experience as a vocal coach, Rebecca has worked in that capacity for a number of local theater companies, including Good Company Players, Center Stage Productions, and Children’s Musical Theaterworks. She has been associated with the Fresno City College Music Faculty since 1986, teaching voice and serving as Director of the Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop.
Rebecca currently sits on the Board for the Sierra Chamber Opera, a local non-profit delivering entertaining and instructional music to grade schools throughout the Central Valley. She is a member of California Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Sarkisian also maintains a private voice studio, instructing students of all ages in the art of singing. Furthermore, in 2012, Rebecca completed another master’s degree: an MA in Education: Higher Education Leadership and Administration and recently served as Interim Dean of Instruction for the Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Division at Fresno City College.
When you start out in life as farm boy in the “sticks” (also known as Kerman), there was precious little to make you feel a part of the great big exciting world “out there”.
Then an event blew open the doors of Darrell’s adolescent mind and set him on the path that put him here today.
His 5th grade teacher was leaving school in the spring of 1965. Vietnam was his destination and a skit was planned to send him off right.
Playing a Brigadier General who became progressively more inebriated as the skit progressed, the laughter of others which had to this point terrified me became more powerful to Darrell than the fake liquor in my canteen.
Middle School provided Darrell with further opportunity to build his confidence through the power of theater. Darrell expresses that he will forever be grateful to his Drama teacher, Quilline Hampton, for the powerful effect she had in his young life.
Theater changed everything. Darrell’s work in Youth For Christ, his 28 year career in education, his marriage to the love of my life, Nancy, and the wonderful relationship to his son, Jonathan – all has been colored with the life-building experience of theater.
It is his hope that you enjoy this year’s performance. Your enthusiastic reception to our troupe means more than you’ll ever know.