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Follies marks silver anniversary in October with final 3 shows


Julie Del Fava/Special to the Town Crier
The Follies cast includes, from left, Christine Abraham, Nancy Glaze, Vicki Reeder, David Hsiao, Rod Sinks, Charles Morgan, Gordon Abraham and Kathryn Holleb. The 25th and final year of performances is scheduled Oct. 11-13 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

Follies, the satirical musical revue of modern life and politics, is scheduled to celebrate its 25th and final year with three performances, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

Follies is a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company, which, in conjunction with the anniversary, will honor Penny and Roy Lave for their founding and sustaining leadership of the theater.

“We are especially pleased to announce that in this final milestone year, we are honoring Penny and Roy Lave, who originally envisioned the Follies concept and the Los Altos Youth Theatre, now under the direction of LASC,” said Vicki Reeder, producer and director of the Follies show.

The Laves, longtime Los Altos residents who both have served as mayor, continue to support the theater, and Roy serves on its board of directors.

The show, “Saluting a Grand Conclusion to Delusion and Confusion, But: NO COLLUSION!” will be the final production for Follies, which began in 1992 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Los Altos and later became a fund- raiser for the theater.

“I realized it was time to stop because our country has become so great that all its problems are resolved,” Reeder said, tongue firmly in cheek. “Plus, it’s not ‘fake news’ that all of us that create the Follies are 25 years older. But isn’t it relaxing to know that Follies has produced world peace simply by singing amusing parodies? Fortunately, we searched far and wide and found a few minuscule issues to poke fun at; it was challenging with democratic progress at its zenith and international goodwill overflowing.”

Offering a preview of the final production, Reeder said they have come up with some “zesty zingers” on current topics in the news, including trade wars, the Me Too movement, the revolving door of White House appointees, the Mueller investigation and the latest Downtown Vision.

“I guarantee your worries will disappear by being a part of this ‘grand conclusion,’” she said.

Proceeds from the event support year-round Los Altos Stage Company productions, as well as Los Altos Youth Theatre and youth education programs.

Over the years, more than 50 performers have participated in the volunteer cast of Follies, and 15 writers have contributed to the song lyrics, which feature new words to well-known tunes. In addition to Reeder, the 2018 cast includes Christine Abraham, Gordon Abraham, Rhea Feldman, Nancy Glaze, Kathryn Holleb, Greg Fair, Charles Morgan, Rod Sinks and John Sylvester. Morgan is also the music director and pianist, with band members Bill Brown on guitar and Sylvester on saxophone.

Sylvester will serve as master of ceremonies. A special guest host from the community will join him at each performance. Sharing duties with Sylvester will be Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo Oct. 11, Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan Oct. 12 and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian Oct. 13.

Tickets are $70 for the Oct. 11 performance and $120 for the Oct. 12 and 13 shows, which include a pre- and post-show reception featuring wine, appetizers, desserts and a silent auction.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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