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Wednesday March 13, 2013
Start: 1:54 pm

(North Tahoe Bonanza, written by Kyle Magin)

Courtesy photo<br />
From left, Patty Franklin, Michelle Lockard, Edee Campbell, Steve Caswell and Marsha Tejeda were dressed to impress at an Incline Star Follies rehearsal Monday at Incline Elementary School.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In its 14th
year, the choreographers of Incline Village’s March 22-23 Star Follies
promise something new this year.

Inspiration for past numbers came from
across the cultural landscape — Broadway showtunes, Fox’s hit “Glee,”
“Saturday Night Live” and Disney movies.

Without tipping their hat,
choreographers concede the crowd will recognize a few of 2013’s numbers
from behind YouTube’s red and white “play” button.

“I’m really looking forward to the crowd
reaction to see how the viral internet sensations play,” said Incline
resident Karen Osborne. She is in her 11th year of choreographing both
student and adult numbers in the hit lip synch show.

Follies annually puts community members
and Incline High, Middle and Elementary students on stage at the Cal
Neva to raise money for Incline’s public schools, drawing residents to
see their neighbors impress — or ham it up.

“Every year I stand by the door at the
end of the shows,” said Don Hertel, the San Diego resident who directs
the show and serves as head choreographer. “And I hear from people who
tell me they’ve been coming for 12 years, 10 years or as long as we’ve
been going and they still love it.”

While this year’s show pays homage to
its showtune roots — Hertel founded the concept more than 30 years ago
and employs it in a few different communities — the choreographers
pushed for the inclusion of the inbox-stuffing viral videos.

This year’s assistant choreographers are
Osborne, Incline resident Nancy Porten, Incline High School Senior
Kayla Goldberg and newcomer Lily Baran, who owns Incline’s Tahoe Players
dance studio. Baran is choreographing 14 IMS students — some with no
dance experience.

“I was surprised at how well they did
when rehearsals began,” Baran said. “I like to choreograph when I show
up and I was throwing a lot at them and they’ve been able to get just
about everything.

“They’re really high-energy and athletic, we have some stunts I think the crowd will like.”

Working with a group that bucks
traditional co-ed dancing norms — girls can be taller than their male
counterparts — Baran threw in a few lifts that’ll put the IMS boys high
above the Follies stage.

Follies is a labor of love for Hertel,
beginning once the current year’s show ends, when he starts gathering
ideas for next year’s numbers. Osborne began crafting her numbers in
November.

“All the kids this year have been great
to work with. It’s my job to make them look good and they get a lot of
rehearsal heading into the show,” Osborne said.

Goldberg — who’s been dancing at Tahoe
Players since she was three — takes her second crack at Follies
choreography after she did it last year for one of the high school
numbers. This year she crafted a dance for her fellow high school
students in one number — a recognizable top-40 hit — as well as an adult
number.

“As soon as Karen gave me my song, I
went home and started working on it,” says Goldberg, who began mapping
the dance out in late December. “My main goal in choreographing these
numbers is to make sure everyone feels like a dancer. I have given them
moves that can be challenging but have kept the overall experience
enjoyable.”

While the students worked since January
perfecting routines, some attendees find deciding which show to attend
is the hardest part. The Saturday 8:30 p.m. show is a favorite for
friends and family of the 105 cast members — 46 students, 59 adults —
and the crowd is a boisterous bunch. The historically placid 6 p.m.
Friday crowd is gaining ground as a favorite for Hertel.

“The parents and grandparents have been
anticipating and waiting to see their kids in the show and are bringing a
lot of energy now,” Hertel said.

So make a call on which show to attend and get ready to enjoy while the cast presses “play” on a community classic.

Monday March 18, 2013
Start: 3:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

3:30pm - 4:30pm IES Students

4:30pm - 5:00pm Mama I'm a Big Girl Now

5:00pm - 5:30pm The Pirate Song

5:30pm - 6:00pm A Thousand and One Nights

6:00pm - 6:30pm Americano

6:30pm - 7:00pm All I Do Is Dream Of You

7:00pm - 7:30pm Runaway Baby

7:30pm - 8:00pm Jet Set

8:00pm - 8:30pm Call Me Maybe

8:30pm - 9:00pm Singing In The Rain

Tuesday March 19, 2013
Start: 3:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

3:00pm - 4:30pm IMS Students

4:30pm - 5:00pm OPEN

5:00pm - 5:30pm Hair

5:30pm - 6:00pm Gotta Have a Gimmick

6:00pm - 6:30pm Thank God I'm a Country Boy

6:30pm - 7:00pm Let's Be Bad

7:00pm - 8:00pm IHS Students

 

8:00pm - 9:00pm A Thousand and One Nights

 

Wednesday March 20, 2013
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 9:30 pm

4:00pm - ALL STUDENTS - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

4:30pm - Dinner served (pizza, sandwiches, salad, etc.)

5:00pm - ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST BE PRESENT

 

Order we will rehearse numbers:

 

Gangnam Style

Spread the Love Around / God Bless the USA

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

What Makes You Beautiful

Wild Ones

Stronger

Holding Out For a Hero

Everybody Talks

Back In Time

Call Me Maybe

 

The Pirate Song

Mama I'm a Big Girl Now

All I Do Is Dream Of You

Runaway Baby

Gotta Have a Gimmick

Thank God I'm a Country Boy

A Thousand and One Nights

 

Hair

Let's Be Bad

 

Jet Set

 

Singing In The Rain

Americano

 

 

Thursday March 21, 2013
Start: 4:30 pm
End: 10:00 pm

4:30pm - Dinner served (pizza, lasagna, salad, ice cream, etc.)

5:00pm - ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST BE PRESENT

Full costumes and props.  Two complete run-throughs start to finish.

Friday March 22, 2013
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Cast call is at 4:45pm.  First show is at 6pm.  Second show is at 8:30pm.  Pick up Follies t-shirts when you arrive.

Dinner will be served at 4:30pm - T's burritos, chips, and salsa

Saturday March 23, 2013
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Cast call is at 4:45pm.  First show is at 6pm.  Second show is at 8:30pm.  Plan to stay and help with stage tear-down after the show.

Dinner will be served at 4:30pm -  Rookie's wraps

Monday April 8, 2013
Start: 1:57 pm

Guest Column submitted to North Tahoe Bonanza by Lenty Hagen

Incline Star Follies 2013,
Incline’s educational fundraiser, once again took center stage this past
weekend at the Cal Neva. Thank you Cal Neva for letting us use your
venue.

This event really demonstrates how it
takes a village to raise our children and put on a show. There are so
many individuals that need to be thanked for their endless hours of
dedication to make this event possible, and a wonderful experience for
all to enjoy.

The key players are:

Ron Stichter, the producer, who along with his other many responsibilities this year produced the program.

Don Hertel, the director,
migrates every year from San Diego to work with each act. He brings his
expertise and his talented crew of three with him to setup the stage and
help with music.

Kathie Goldberg, the assistant
director, who casts the show with others, and coordinates all the
rehearsals to name just a few of her tasks. Everyone in this production
knows Star Follies would be lost without Kathie.

Karen Osborne, newcomer Lily
Baran and talented Kayla Goldberg, a senior at Incline High School, our
three choreographers, worked with students and adult members to perfect
individual numbers.

Next, the three school administrators,
various staff members and students from all three schools gave up many
hours of their own time to attend rehearsals and be a part of this show.

Also a big thank you goes to all the
following volunteers who helped rehearsal and show nights: hair and
makeup artists, seamstress, shirt/DVD sales, light/sound crew, ushers,
backstage attendants, photographers and will-call sales. Potlatch —
thank you for always letting us use your store to sell tickets
beforehand.

Of course, Star Follies would not go on stage without the generous support of our Sponsors:

Show Sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank

Show Host: Cal Neva

Media Sponsors: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

And more sponsors: Linda and Richard
Offerdahl - Dress the Part(y), China Wok, Dr. Vincent D’Ascoli, Joan
Davis Art Studios, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Lakeshore Realty, Strotz
Photography Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Austin’s, Bowl Incline,
Michael Chamberlain (Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate), Chase
International, Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate, Eurotech, Life Point
Church, Mike Menath Insurance, Mueller and Company, Pepsi, Ponderosa
Property Maintenance, Potlatch, Ashley Quinn, Rainbow Printing, Raley’s,
Rookies, Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy, Sierra Nevada Properties, Jen
Schmidt Photography, Dr. Jonathan Smith, Tahoe Players, T’s Rotisserie,
Village Market, Village Ace Hardware,Cheryl Delehanty (Coldwell Banker
Select Real Estate; TOYS FOR TOTS),Diane Brown (Lakeshore Realty),
Colvin Perine Team (Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate), First
Centennial Title Co. of Nevada, Ted & Joan Fuller, Sandy Junell
(Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate), Sherine Kuckhoff (Coldwell Banker
Select Real Estate), Janet & Todd Lowe, Paul Nannini (State Farm
Insurance) and Janet Pahl (Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate).

In addition, the cast/crew could not put
out the amount of energy without the  generous donation of food and
water by these restaurants/stores: Austin’s, Arnie’s, BarBarBar,
DiMaggio’s, Raley’s, Rookies, Susie Scoops, Subway, T’s Rotisserie,
Tomatoo’s, Village Meats, Village Market and Wild Alaskan.

Finally, any production would not be
complete without a big thank you to YOU, the audience, who come to
support those on stage and also support the future of education in our
village. You are the best. Thank you again.

Lenty Hagen is an Incline Village resident.

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