Just Jean: It's Star Follies time at the Cal Neva

19 Apr 2010 - 11:30am

North Tahoe Bonanza, by Jean Eick

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — For the last 11 years, residents have been
entertained by one of the most spectacular shows to hit the local stage,
the Incline Star Follies. The Follies features both local adults and
children from Incline schools on stage dancing and lip synching to great
songs. Some of the dancing is almost unbelievable when you consider
that the show is filled with volunteers. Each year the students seem to
come up with the scene stealing numbers too.

Of course we all have our favorite adult stars too, but when it comes right down to it, the kids do some pretty incredible routines. Since the Follies really is a fundraiser to provide the extra funds needed to help our local
schools, it is only appropriate that the stars are from the schools.

It is almost unbelievable when you add up the number of hours each cast
member dedicates in time and energy for the Follies in order to thrill
us on the stage. Still, year after year, many of the adult stars return
to appear on stage. When they ask the school children to participate
they must actually turn away students because too many want to
participate. Yes, students really do look forward to this annual
fundraiser. Did you know it takes 150 community members to do a Follies? That includes all of those that do behind the scenes projects as well as the cast members.

In its first seven years the Follies has raised more than $650,000 for our local schools. Now more than ever the schools need the extra funds. If you want to know what has been provided because of the Follies, go to the Incline Star Follies website www.inclinestarfollies.org and check it out.

Again this year the Follies will be in the Frank Sinatra Ballroom at the Cal Neva. There just is nothing better than being in the audience and watching live entertainment on that famous stage.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at the Potlatch (775) 833-2485. Show times are 6 and 8:30 p.m. both Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, in the Frank Sinatra Showroom of the Cal Neva Resort. For information call Ron Stichter at (775) 831-1515.

Make the Follies special by attending!

— Jean Eick is community editor of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. She can be reached at jeick@tahoebonanza.com.

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