The Young Entertainers left for Orlando on August 25th, stopping overnight in South Carolina, and stayed at The Floridian, a small but luxurious hotel across the street from Wet 'n Wild (see photos, below) and within minutes of Walt Disney World and other parks. The group returned home on September 3rd.

The group performed at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando and at Winter Park High School in Winter Park. There was also taping for a TV special at locations like the Elvis Presley Museum and Xanadu. A scheduled performance at Sea World was cancelled when a hurricane forced the park to close. During the hurricane, however, some members of the group performed in the lounge at The Floridian, filling in for the scheduled singers, who were unable to get there.

The cast included ---

Bill Bartle
Tricia Bowman
Paul Burnley
Brian Conover
Gwen Goldberg
Leon Hart
Susan McClain
Karen Smilowski
Rich Stites
Suzan Stover
Tricia Stover

Kim Bleam
Jennifer Hyland
Kendi Howard

plus, these support people
Geri Goldberg
Ruth Ann Handley
Russ Kline
Barbara Stover
Tom Williams

In addition to the performances, the highlights of the trip included Rich teaching everyone to break dance, Leon and Paul wrestling in the pool, the guys from the local high schools gathering in the lobby waiting for a glimpse of the nine attractive young women in our group and, of course, the visit to Wet 'n Wild.

The biggest highlight, however, came when Ruth Ann Handley accepted Brian Conover's proposal during this visit to Florida. They were married a year later.

You should have heard
"California Girls", performed by Paul Burnley at Maynard Evans High School.
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