Incline Follies falls just short of ‘08 ticket numbers

8 Apr 2009 - 6:17pm

North Tahoe Bonanza, by Kyle Magin

From left, Chris Plastiras, Bryan Wallpe, Blane Johnson, Dr. Vinny D'Ascoli and Michael Smith, the "Five Guys Named More," show off their skills during Thursday's Incline Star Follies dress rehearsal.

From left, Chris Plastiras, Bryan Wallpe, Blane Johnson, Dr. Vinny D'Ascoli and Michael Smith, the "Five Guys Named More," show off their skills during Thursday's Incline Star Follies dress rehearsal.
Courtesy Photo-Jen Schmidt

Kira Potter lip-syncs during the "Let's Get Loud" performance during Thursday's dress rehearsal.

Kira Potter lip-syncs during the "Let's Get Loud" performance during Thursday's dress rehearsal.
Courtesy Photo - Jen Schmidt

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. —Ticket sales for the 10th annual Incline Star Follies came in under last year’s sales, but above organizers’ expectations.

Follies, the yearly community lip-sync show, raises money annually for the Incline public schools, to buy technology equipment along with other academic expenditures.

Ron Stichter, the show’s organizer, said ticket sales for the four shows over April 2 and 3 at the Cal Neva Casino’s Frank Sinatra Ballroom totaled nearly $30,000, down from about $32,000 from 2008.

Bolstered by a sellout of the 8:30 p.m. Saturday show, Stichter was pleased with ticket sales and even surprised.

“Quite frankly I was expecting sales to be way under (2008’s tally), I was expecting much worse,” Stichter said. “But people still wanted to go see the show, they showed us we still mattered. I think with tough times people stood by us.”

Ticket sales do not account for all of Follies revenue, Stichter said, as the show annually nets anywhere from $80,000-$90,000.

Other revenue sources include the show’s playbill, which sells ads, and community donations.

Stichter said he’d expect those numbers to start coming in later this month to get a final total for the fundraiser.

“Advertising in the program was down this year,” Stichter said. “We just didn’t have as many pages. I think that’s a result of the economy locally and will send our revenues down.”

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