MASON CITY — “The Fabulous Fifties” is the focus for the 68th annual edition of The Follies.

Presented by the Mason City High School Vocal Music Department, the theme will be highlighted by a medley from “Grease” and classic songs such as “That’ll Be The Day,” “All Shook Up,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Rock Around The Clock” and “At The Hop.”

There will be music for all ages, from new pop songs to Broadway show tunes. The production will include three show choirs, jazz band, dancers, vocalists and skits. More than 200 students are involved.

“Follies is a wonderful educational experience for the students,” said Joel Everist, director of choral activities for Mason City Community Schools. “Thousands of hours go into preparing this show, with rehearsals beginning in October.”

The small-group and solo acts are prepared, auditioned and staged by the students. Students also run all of the technical aspects, from working on the set to taking care of microphones, scene changes and lights.

The Follies is unofficially known as America’s longest-running high school variety show. For more information, including audio previews of this year’s production, as well as pictures and downloadable movies from recent shows, visit www.mchschoir.com.

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