MASON CITY — The 69th annual edition of The Follies opens tonight.
The show, presented by the Mason City High School Vocal Music Department, will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium at NIACC.
Tickets, available in advance from Mason City Hy-Vee stores and Mason City High School main office, are $7 for senior citizens/children under 12 and $9 for adults. Tickets are $8 and $10 at the door. Advance purchasing is encouraged as all performances traditionally sell out.
This year’s theme is “Hooray For Hollywood,” a salute to some of the greatest music in film.
Selections include hit songs such as “Just Go To The Movies,” “Footloose,” and a medley from the blockbuster movie “High School Musical.”
The production features a variety of ensembles and acts, including three show choirs, two instrumental ensembles, dancers, vocalists and comedy skits. More than 225 students are involved.
For more information, including previews of this year’s production, pictures and downloadable movies from recent shows, visit www.mchschoir.com.
“Hundreds of hours go into preparing this show, with rehearsals beginning in October," said Joel Everist, director of choral activities for Mason City Community Schools.
All of the small ensemble and solo acts are prepared, auditioned and staged by the students, and students run all of the technical aspects of the show, according to Everist.
"Overture: This Is It," Concert Choir
"This Town," Danny Daugherty
"Phobia Meeting" Skit (Jacob Adamski, Ashley Alert, Spencer Arndt, Thomas Rowe, Kaitlyn Vaith)
"Dance Evolution," Varsity Show Choir
"Cola Thief" Skit (Mason Berg, Robert Casey, Michael Cooling, Alexia Davis, Kayla Davis, Andrew Deets, Tyler Jacobsen, Derek Johnson, Dakota Lee, Derek Wurth)
"Brand New," Dillon Strommen
"I’ll Take Les," Jazz Band
"Modern Composition," Nathan Elsbernd
"Brother 2 Brother" Skit (Ashley Alert, Spencer Arndt, Danielle Dahle, Michael Rowe, Thomas Rowe)
"Slumdog Millionaire Orchestra," Orchestra Ensemble
"Mashup," Madi Anderson, Hannah Hill
"Mood Ring" Skit (Jacob Frieden, Marcus Plunkett, Jayden Smith, Sydney Sullivan, Katie Wiman)
"Cinemagic!" Concert Choir
"High School Musical," Chorale
"Vote For Pedro," Julia Dunlavey
"Drifting," Hannah Hill
"MCDT Drum Line," Mohawk Danzers
"Ew!" Skit (Jacob Adamski, Ashley Alert, Kaitlyn Vaith"
"Move Your Rug," Jazz Band
"Fools," Sean Beemer
"Movie," Sophia Ciavarelli, Amelia Ouverson
"True Colors," Concert Choir
"Sing Sing Sing," Christian Gossweiler
"Little Do You Know," Derek Johnson, Natasha Orton
"Sideburns" Skit (Robert Casey, Nathan Elsbernd, Jayden Smith)
"Runaway With Me," Ben Siglin
"There’s No Business Like Show Business," Cast