The Tower Theatre Foundation once again has filled the cast of the Bend Follies with prominent business, civic, and entertainment leaders showing off their singing, dancing and joke-telling skills. The Follies is a lighthearted, fast-paced comedy show that opens Friday, April 25 and, appropriately, closes the next night, Saturday, April 26.
The second annual installment is co-hosted by Maralyn Thoma (owner, 2nd Street Theater) and Chuck Arnold (executive director, Downtown Bend Business Association).
A partial list of Central Oregonians participating in this year’s Follies includes:
Employees of Cascades Lakes, Deschutes, McMenamin’s and Worthy Breweries,Cast of “Les Miserables,” Lava City Roller Dolls, U’Hane Hawaii Hula Dancers, Babylon Realm Foam Fighters, Alicia Inns, Alistair Paterson, Anna Johnson, Betsy Warriner, Brad Knowles, Brian Fratzke, Dave Clemens, David Simpson, Don Delach, Ed Carson, Jodie Barram, Karen Sipes, Kristi Miller, Lee Anderson, Mark Capell, Mary Kilpatrick, Mike Cheney, Mollie Tennant, Rebekah Sharpe, Rob Moore, Sally Russell, Scott Ramsay, Shea Reiner, Talena Barker, Tim Casey, Todd Hanson, Tom DeWolf, Vanessa Farnsworth and Victor Chudowsky.
In an effort to put some fun back in fundraising, the Follies celebrate and underwrite the important role the nonprofit Tower Theatre plays in the cultural life of Central Oregon. Both evenings have silent and live auctions, and opportunities for audience members to use cash, checks and credit cards as votes to give their favorite act a Gratuitous Standing Ovation. Attendees can even purchase their own live “Shameless Plug” to be incorporated into a Follies sketch onstage.
“When the Source Weekly’s Readers Poll named the 2013 Follies ‘Bend’s Best Local Fundraiser,’” observed Ray Solley, executive director of the Tower Theatre Foundation and executive producer of the fundraiser, “we knew we had pulled the wool over the eyes of Central Oregon’s most intelligent citizens. This cast of brave performers is eager to extend our one-year winning streak!”
Bend Follies – benefitting the Tower Theatre Foundation
Friday& Saturday, April 25 & 26, 6:30 pm
Tower Theatre – 835 NW Wall Street – Bend, Oregon
$49 Reserved Seating
incld. admission to VIP post-show partyat Chocolate Element
$34 General Seating
$19 Cheap Seats in the Balcony
Plus $1 Historic Theatre Restoration Fee
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org
WARNING: The Bend Follies contains adult material, and an adolescent sense of humor