“Shaken with a Twist of Sublime”! After three years, the Memorial Follies is back at the Capitol Theatre on March 2, 2013. Follies has become a tradition in the Yakima community and this year will raise money for children’s healthcare services at Memorial and Children’s Village.
The Follies cast is comprised of volunteers from all over the valley, with Memorial Hospital’s employees as one of the largest groups that turn out. In 2010 a record 150 volunteers put on the show. “There’s a little Broadway in everyone,” Follies director Jaime Donegan exclaims. Taking a new directorial approach to this year’s show, Donegan said, “Being able to incorporate what people bring to the dance is way more fun.” If you look closely you may see your doctor, neighbor, or coworker singing and dancing; by the end you’ll wish you were there, too. Buying a ticket to the show is a great way to support a healthier Yakima and our local community hospital.
Although the cast starts about four weeks before the curtain goes up, the planning has been underway since September. The newest addition to the Yakima Follies team is coordinator Mark Myers, a graduate of Washington State University. “Being new to this great project is exciting, I attended the first Follies in 1990 and loved it ever since,” states Mark. “It has been a thrill to get to put together a large project that is community loved.”
“This year we decided that we wanted to showcase the great work that is being done at Memorial,” says Myers. “We have added a great new multimedia aspect to the Follies – it really reminds us and the audience what we are raising money for.” For the first time, Follies auditions will be held at Children’s Village. “We wanted to show the Follies cast firsthand how they are helping to transform children’s healthcare in Yakima.”
For two shows only, Follies will go up on March 2, 2013. A matinee will be at 2pm and an evening show at 8pm. The matinee has paired lunch promotions with Gasperetti’s and Olive Garden. For more information go to YakimaFollies.org or call 509.853.ARTS.