Broadway dancer, native Californian
Carol Perea, a fourth generation Californian, was born in Sacramento on November 8, 1942, and died on November 28, 2009, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Carol graduated from Sacramento High in 1960, and was a gifted dancer who preformed in local musicals and was a member of the Sacramento Ballet Company. In 1959, at age 16, she became a professional dancer by becoming a member of actors equity, hired by the Sacramento Music Circus, as a contract dancer for the summer. The next two summers she was again a contract dancer with the Music Circus. At age 18 she went to New York to make it on the great white way of Broadway.
She achieved her dream and became a dancer on Broadway, dancing in “Cabaret” starring Joel Grey. She also danced in the Broadway revivals of “Carousel”, and “Guys and Dolls”, and toured in a number of Broadway musicals, to include the tour of “Cabaret” that played in Sacramento.
She married her husband of 47 years, Laried Montgomery, a singer, while on tour in “Camelot”. Carol also danced in the production numbers on two Academy Awards shows, and spent two years touring with Ann-Margaret as her production assistant.
After her show business retirement, Carol worked for many years as a dealer for Cactus Petes Casino in Jackpot, Nevada. Carol loved her home and family and will be missed by all. She is survived by her husband Laried Montgomery of Twin Falls, Idaho; mother Doris Domask of Sacramento, Calif; sister Valerie Perea of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; brother George Perea of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by father George Perea. A quiet funeral was held for her in Twin Falls on December 2, 2009.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on December 6, 2009.