If anyone still thinks that age has anything to do with theatrical performance, “Hot & Cole,” The Greens’ fourth annual talent show, dispels that notion. This past Sunday afternoon’s production, the life and music of Cole Porter, was magic, from the Prime Time Chimers’ overture to the “Anything Goes” finale by singers in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
In twinkling purple hats with lit-up purple balloons behind them, The Greens Chorus added wit and wisdom to Porter’s music and lyrics. Gretchen Yengst’s script and unique slide show of the composer’s life, from Indiana infant to fame and fortune, was amazing. The show was dedicated to Gretchen’s mother, Beezie Cole Schmitt, a resident of The Greens for almost 10 years, who died a week before the opening. Mrs. Schmitt’s father was Cole Porter’s cousin and closest boyhood friend. Cole was also the best man at his wedding. With her mother’s help, Gretchen gathered Cole Porter personal memorabilia never seen before.