Meet the Cast of our 2021 Show

  • Beth Weems Pirtle

    Showgirl

    Beth Weems Pirtle is an original Follies Showgirl from 2008. She won Ms. Senior American…

  • Betsy Lee

    Dancer, Showgirl, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

    Betsy Lee took her first dance lesson at 43 and hasn’t stopped dancing since. A…

  • Bettye Martin

    Dancer, Class Act

    a native Dallasite, now resides in Heritage Ranch with her husband of 65 years, Don.…

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    Bill Cobb

    Vocalist

    I have traveled throughout the USA and several foreign countries as a minister, singer, pianist…

  • Brigitta Powers

    Dancer, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

    Brigitta has been a Dallas Tap Dazzler for 11 years, with 2019 being her first…

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    Chris Cree

    Vocalist, Musician

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist. Vice President on Spectacular Follies Board. Serves on boards of 4 other not for…

    David Noel

    Vocalist, Dancer

    David Noel is a married, father of 6, grandfather of 10 programmer/actor. Raised in Lewisville…

  • Fran Dempsey

    Dancer, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

    Fran Dempsey, 82, is the Director and Primary Choreographer of the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, a…

    Jill Beam

    Vocalist, Dancer, Class Act

    Jill is a 5th generation Dallas Native, where she grew up in Oak Cliff, graduating…

  • Jill L. Brooks

    Vocalist, Dancer, Groovy Ladies

    This is Jill’s 10th year in the Follies Family. She began musical theater performances in…

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    Joyce Brown

    Showgirl

    At 63, I am the 2019 Ms. Texas Senior America. The pageant champions healthy aging,…

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    Lisa Lumpkin

    Dancer

    Lisa Lumpkin is excited to be in the Follies again this year! She is a…

Beth Weems Pirtle

Showgirl

Beth Weems Pirtle is an original Follies Showgirl from 2008. She won Ms. Senior American Dream 2010 in New Orleans; Ms. Texas Senior America 2003; 1st runner up Ms. Senior America 2003; and the national title Senior Beauties of America 1999. She holds degrees from University of Texas and Southern Methodist University and a certification in counseling. Retired in 1994 after 26 years teaching, she and her husband, Rodney, have three grown children and five grandchildren. Her family, tennis and volunteer work are her passions.

Betsy Lee

Dancer, Showgirl, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

Betsy Lee took her first dance lesson at 43 and hasn’t stopped dancing since. A proud Dallas Tap Dazzler since January 2017, she’s excited to be in her fourth Follies, she was also a Follies showgirl from 2017 – 2019.  Retired in May 2019 after 24 years with Fujitsu as a Financial Analyst, she enjoys her free time dancing and performing. An original founder of USA DANCE DALLAS, a national non-profit promoting ballroom dancing, she was its Treasurer for 12 years and learned numerous dance styles, including Ballroom, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing and Salsa.

Bettye Martin

Dancer, Class Act

a native Dallasite, now resides in Heritage Ranch with her husband of 65 years, Don. Tap danced for 60+ years and choreographed for several show choirs. Retired owner/coach of Flippers Gymnastics. Loves golf, traveling and spending time with 7 grandchildren and 14 greats. Thrilled to be in Follies again.

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Bill Cobb

Vocalist

I have traveled throughout the USA and several foreign countries as a minister, singer, pianist and speaker since I was 17 years old. Currently I sing and play the piano in 20+ retirement communities and various senior adult facilities per month all around North Central Texas. I am also a caregiver for a wonderful invalid friend three mornings a week. I have three amazing married children and eight fantastic grandchildren and one precious great grandson. These are my most joyful days! You can check out my schedule at: http://www.billcobbmusic.com

Brigitta Powers

Dancer, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

Brigitta has been a Dallas Tap Dazzler for 11 years, with 2019 being her first Follies appearance. She fell in love with tap dancing as a teenager and is pleased to be performing and still learning at the age of 57. She is the treasurer of the Ms Texas Senior America Pageant Board, loves fitness and golf, and spending time with her two grown boys.

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Chris Cree

Vocalist, Musician

Singer/songwriter/guitarist. Vice President on Spectacular Follies Board.
Serves on boards of 4 other not for profit corporations. Founder of North American Scrabble Players Association and its Foundation for Youth Literacy.
Met wife, Carla, on the tournament Scrabble circuit. 3 children; Kendall (33), Faith (13), Henry (9). Performs regularly at various locations with BYO Musicians (a not for profit comprised of business people who like to make music and give back) and at Sammons Center for the Arts.

David Noel

Vocalist, Dancer

David Noel is a married, father of 6, grandfather of 10 programmer/actor. Raised in Lewisville as a “Fightin’ Farmer”, an Infantryman in Alaska, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY. In the 90’s, he appeared in many local theaters. After taking a 20 year break, in 2016 he returned to the stage in the Follies and has been performing almost non-stop in 22 local area productions including GCT’s “The Fantasticks”, GSM’S “My Fair Lady/Kiss Me Kate”, Rover Dramawerks “Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror”, and for 5 years in the “Spectacular Follies”. He is extremely proud for being nominated for a Column Award for Best Actor in a Non-Equity play and for winning the Reggie Award for Best Actor in a play presented by the Theater Frisco board for his role of George Hay in Theaters Frisco’s “Moon over Buffalo” in 2019.

Fran Dempsey

Dancer, Dallas Tap Dazzlers

Fran Dempsey, 82, is the Director and Primary Choreographer of the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, a volunteer group of jazz and tap dancers with an average age of 69.  They have been performing  throughout Texas for the past 32 years.   Fran, along with her tappers, has performed in the Follies since its inception and served on the Board the first year.  She and Ned Startzel, Follies Founder, performed a comedic Vaudeville act every year until Ned passed away in 2017.  She hopes to continue the fun times with the magnificent cast, Board members and Directors.

Jill Beam

Vocalist, Dancer, Class Act

Jill is a 5th generation Dallas Native, where she grew up in Oak Cliff, graduating from David W. Carter High School. She also attended Dallas Baptist College and Texas A & M Commerce, where she received a BS in Recreation/Education/Physical Education. She started employment with the City of Dallas in 1972 and retired as the Events Manager in 2015. Jill did have a couple of breaks in service with the City. In 1987-1990, Jill taught tap and jazz at the Elementary Arts Magnet School, Sidney Lanier. She also moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she worked at a retirement community and she received a degree from the University of Colorado Springs in gerontology. But Dallas called her back home where she completed her final years of employment with the City of Dallas. During her employment with the City of Dallas, Jill received the Customer Service Award for the City, the Professional Achievement Award, and the Director’s Trophy. Jill also was the Customer Service Trainer for the City Manager and trained over 13,000 employees about the importance of Customer Service. Jill also spoke at many local, state and national conventions during her employment with the City of Dallas. Jill, however, did not retire, she re-wired and she worked for both the City of Lewisville and the City of Rowlett, conducting their senior programs to include mostly wellness programs. In 2019, she was employed at CC Young Senior Living, where she was the Wellness Director. Jill is now doing what she loves best. Jill is a public speaker and a musician. She played the flute with the Mesquite Symphonic Orchestra and plays with her church orchestra at First Baptist Forney. Jill is also Ms Texas Senior America, 2015 and went on to Ms Senior America and was in the top 10. Jill was also Ms Texas Senior USA, 2016 and also placed in the top 10. She won the coveted Ms Congeniality at both pageants. Jill also serves on the board of the Ms Texas Senior America Pageant and is currently the President of the Cameo Club. Jill is a member of Christian Women in Media and the American Association of University Women. Jill enjoys tapping weekly with Class Act Tap Company and joined their ranks in 2015. Jill also twirls weekly with a group of twirlers over 55 and the group is called Twirl Fun and More. Jill has been instructor Jazzercise for 42 years and she served as a national trainer for 8 years and she was in charge of the Junior Jazzercise Program for Texas for 5 years. Jill has a passion for the Spectacular Follies and has been in 8 productions. She adores performing with her mother, famed speaker and actress, Rosemary Rumbley. Jill is married to Ken Beam and they have been married for 34 years. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Jill and Ken love golfing together and hanging at their lake house. Jill’s philosophy of life is: Life has no remote so get up and change it!

Jill L. Brooks

Vocalist, Dancer, Groovy Ladies

This is Jill’s 10th year in the Follies Family. She began musical theater performances in 9th Grade in Des Moines, Iowa. She continued on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now in Dallas. She sang 19 seasons with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and has been seen locally in productions with RCT Theater and Family Music Theater.

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Joyce Brown

Showgirl

At 63, I am the 2019 Ms. Texas Senior America. The pageant champions healthy aging, wellness and mental well-being. The contestants exemplify the “positive image of aging”.

I have a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. I worked 38 years in the technology field (at 2 major companies). I spent 30 years in various forms of engineering management. During that time, I had the opportunity to mentor, develop and empower many of my employees and others. I recently retired from Abbott Laboratories after 30 years of service.

At 59, I decided to define 60 for myself and not let 60 define me. I became serious about working out and completely changed my eating habits. I started attending boot camp classes 4 to 5 times a week and became stronger. I began losing the weight and in 4 months, I lost 30 lbs. and was in the best shape of my adult life. The transformation was phenomenal! I became the role model of others. Three years later, I continue to work out, eat healthy and inspire others.

I became a certified Health Coach in 2018. The certification supports my platform of Health and Fitness. I understand the challenges and control that food have on people. Unfortunately, many diseases that people suffer from are because of lifestyle choices (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, joint problem, etc.). Modification to our eating habits and incorporating light exercises (walking) can make significant health and wellness improvements. My goal is to educate and encourage people to make better choices to improve their health and confidence.

My platform also empower and encourages people to step outside their comfort zone and stretch themselves to live their best life. We should live our lives intentional and purposefully. We were not created to live an average life. We were created to be so much more, but we have to overcome fear to become our best selves.

My goal over is to enrich the lives of others. I want to inspire and empower people to become healthy and live their best lives. I want to let them know that failure is impossible when they stretch themselves. Those are lessons learned that can be applied to future endeavors. Regardless of the choices we’ve made or our age, it’s never too late to begin living our best life!

After winning the title, I have accomplished so many first: Motivational Speaker, Interviews, featured on the cover of Celebration Magazine, United Way Board of Director, published co-author of 2 books (one is on the best seller’s list), I started my website (electronic magazine) and others.

At 63, my life has improved tremendously because I kicked open the box, I had created for myself. I’m stretching myself in ways I never would have considered 5 years ago. I am living my best life!

I would love to speak or appear at your event. There is no fee for my appearance. My contact information is below:

Joyce Brown
(972) 400-7045
joyceMTSA19@gmail.com

Lisa Lumpkin

Dancer

Lisa Lumpkin is excited to be in the Follies again this year! She is a native Dallasite and retired RISD teacher. She enjoys Ballroom dancing and competes with her Professional Partner. She has performed in the USA Dance Dallas Showcase, Northpark Holiday show and Angles of Dance. She currently serves on the USA Dance Board.

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