The Nanas and the Papas - (standing) Jimmy Calire, Connie Woodson, Fern Barishman, Candace Delbo, Patricia Cardinali, Ken Delbo (seated) JB White

The Nanas and the Papas Perform at Santa Paula Theater Center

October 11, 2013
Santa Paula News

The Nanas and the Papas, a musical review, comes to the main stage of the Santa Paula Theater Center for one night only on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm.   

Having recently played to sold-out audiences in Ojai, this talented group of performers explore and celebrate the vital connections between grandparents and grandchildren through music, storytelling, humor and dance. 

“It’s a message of legacy,” according to Director Candace Delbo.  “It’s all about what we received from our grandparents and what we want to pass along to the coming generations.”

The aim of the show is raising grandparents’ consciousness about their rightful place as stewards of future generations.  Delbo added, “It’s about the elders teaching and equipping their children and grandchildren so we all can make the world a better place for those who come after us.”

The Nanas and the Papas were founded by Carol and Dr. Arthur Kornhaber as an outreach arm of the Foundation for Grandparenting.  The foundation’s not-for-profit mission is to educate and inform the public of the crucial role grandparents play in the lives of children.

“Certain themes come to the fore,” Delbo explained.  “It’s a show about memories and tradition, love and courage, hope and fun.  But most importantly, it’s a message of “saying yes” to life”. 

All members of The Nanas and the Papas contribute vocally to the show including Candace Delbo and Connie Woodson. Featured instrumentalists include Jimmy Calire on keyboards and saxophone, Fern Barishman on keyboards and accordion, Patricia Cardinali on guitar, JB White on bass, and Ken Delbo on drums. Carol Kornhaber, the founding creative force behind the group, will also make a special guest appearance.

The Nanas and the Papas is the fourth and final show of the 2013 Concert Series at the Santa Paula Theater Center.  For more information about the band, visit their website at 

The door opens at 7pm on Saturday, October 26 with show time at 7:30pm.  All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 805-525-4645.

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