Incline Star Follies features families with three generations

1 Apr 2009 - 6:22pm

North Tahoe Bonanza, by Kyle Magin

Kevin Wegener, left, and twin brother Michael, right, pose with grandmother Lorri Waldman Tuesday at Diamond Peak.

Kevin Wegener, left, and twin brother Michael, right, pose with grandmother Lorri Waldman Tuesday at Diamond Peak.
Bonanza Photo - Jen Schmidt

Katie, Dolores and Blane Johnson take a stroll Monday afternoon at Burnt Cedar Beach.

Katie, Dolores and Blane Johnson take a stroll Monday afternoon at Burnt Cedar Beach.
Bonana Photo- Jen Schmidt

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. —The Incline Star Follies is marketed as a family event, and every year groups of Incline Village/ Crystal Bay families line the stage to see the show.

This year, however, three generations of two families will be on-stage for the annual lip-sync fundraiser for Incline’s public schools on Friday and Saturday at the Cal Neva Casino.

The Johnsons (grandmother Dolores, father Blane and daughter Katie) join the Wegeners (grandmother Lorri Waldman, mother Mindy and sons Michael and Kevin) to one up the many parent-child teams which perform each year in the show.

The Wegeners have all been in the show previously, but this is the first time all three generations have overlapped. Michael and Kevin Wegener, eighth graders, are in the show for the second time.

For the Johnsons, Dolores came down from her home in Packwood, Wash., for the last month to rehearse and participate in the show.

“We talked about doing this the last time Katie was in it,” Dolores Johnson said, as she has seen the show a number of times and referred to Katie Johnson’s fifth grade performance. “I figured I’d better do it now instead of waiting until she was a senior.”

Waldman said she’s looked forward to the show as a chance to participate with her grandsons, while Mindy Wegener, a choreographer for the show, wanted to watch.

“I actually ended up being in just one number this year, which is great, because I want to be in the audience and see the boys,” Mindy Wegener said. “So it just kind of happened this year, but we’ve talked about it before and thought it would be neat.”

The only numbers any of the generations share are the show’s all-cast pieces, but Katie Johnson said the time she’s been able to share with her grandmother out of rehearsal has been well worth it.

“It’s been pretty fun and cool to have her around,” Katie Johnson said. “This weekend we made peanut butter fudge, it was way better than when we tried to make dad’s chocolate fudge at Christmas.”

Dolores Johnson said she’s enjoyed the time because it’s been the most she’s spent with her son since he was in high school.

Time is short, though, because with all the show preparations, evenings at both homes are busy.

“At home we’ll kid around about the all-cast numbers,” Mindy Wegener said. “The boys will practice at home so I get a chance to see what they are working on.”

Blane Johnson said their home has been busy, shuttling the family to and from rehearsals and Katie to soccer and dance.

“It keeps us juggling quite a few things,” Blane Johnson said. “Between soccer, dance, follies and jazz band we’re going straight from one thing to the next. It’s actually easier on me, because I can come into the office and sleep.”

Waldman said most of her family will be on stage and only a small group in the crowd this weekend.

“Most everyone who is going to go is already on stage, so we’ll just have some friends here for the show,” Waldman said.

Johnson said more family is headed into town to see the show, and on Sunday Dolores Johnson packs up and heads out after a month of preparations for the show.

“It’s been fun, a lot of practicing, but I’m excited to be in it,” Dolores Johnson said.


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