(at our shows) ‘It's like every adult in the room has suddenly become a teenager again and has allowed themselves to let their hair down,’ Retro Rach says. ‘It’s such a joy to see!’

Tania Kernaghan performer

Sandy and Rachel say they have experienced many memorable moments since they started performing as The Retro Girls, including ‘the joy and honour’ of singing for Vietnam Vets several times at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum of Australia at Phillip Island.

The duo, who call themselves Retro San dee and Retro Rach, formed The Retro Girls cabaret act eight years ago after meeting whilst under the tutelage of the wonderful Aussie singer/songwriter Wendy Stapleton (another firm Victorian Seniors Festival favourite). Since then, The Retro Girls have performed more than 800 shows across Australia, singing hits from different musical eras.

In the spirit of ending on a high, The Retro Girls end the first set of their Fun Fabulous Fun Show with a Tom Jones number and provide some undies for audience participation.

‘Everyone knows that Tom Jones had underwear thrown at him and I wondered if that would work for us,’ Retro San dee says. ‘So, we gave out the undies and people laughed, and they loved it.’

The undies have become so popular, ‘Do you want the underwear?’ has become a client question on The Retro Girls booking form.

The feather boas they hand out during their famous ‘ABBA Time’ are also a hit.

‘The power of the feather boa is amazing,’ Retro San dee says. ‘We give them out and people who normally wouldn’t have the confidence to dance, get up and do the moves and the grooves.’

‘It's like every adult in the room has suddenly become a teenager again and has allowed themselves to let their hair down,’ Retro Rach says. ‘It’s such a joy to see!’

Watch The Retro Girls 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance.