Incline gears up for 'star' fundraiser

31 Jan 2007 - 4:44pm

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza:  It's that time of year again when Incline residents become stars of the event that raises money for Incline public schools - Star Follies.

If you haven't signed up, there's still time to get out your dancing shoes and warm up those lips because you're in luck

"We are still looking for a mix of people to be in the cast," volunteer coordinator Kathie Goldberg said. "We accommodate any dance (or) show experience and ability.

"We always look for new people who haven't been in the show. It is absolutely a lot of fun."

The cast will be chosen by the end of next week and soon after, rehearsals will begin, Goldberg said. Star Follies choreographer, Don Hertel, has been with the show since the beginning and will return this year "with his demeanor and passion for this show."

Star Follies, a lip-sync extravaganza, will enter its eighth season. To date, it has raised more than $700,000 for the three Incline public schools, said Cindy McClelland, marketing and publicity chair for Star Follies.

The money raised each year goes to the "wish lists" recommended by the principals and teachers of each school, and is distributed by student body size.

"This is the one fundraiser where everyone in the community comes together," McClelland said. "If being on stage is not your thing, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities behind stage for community members to partake in.

"This is for a great cause and there is something for everybody in this show."

Third year returnee and elementary school principal Frank Garrity agrees that "commitment to Star Follies is not only to have fun, but to do something that will come back to the schools as monetary gain for the children."

Morgan Kriz
bonanza staff writer

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