Fun taking center stage for Incline Star Follies lip-synch spectacular
Special to the Bonanza
If you go
What: 16th annual Incline Star Follies
When: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21; plus a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday only
Where: Incline High School Theater
Who: Cast members include Incline Elementary, Middle and High school students, plus community members
Tickets: Available at The Potlatch in the Raley’s Shopping Center. All seats are reserved. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds benefit Incline Village’s public schools.
Learn more: inclinestarfollies.org
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Taking part in any sort of stage show takes commitment.
Rehearsals, costuming, set constructions and performances themselves can be incredibly time-consuming.
For Incline Village’s four-person Smith family — father and optometrist, Dr. Jonathan Smith, wife Amy, and sons Dylan (17) and Ian (14) — the commitment is a family matter.
The quartet will appear in this weekend’s 16th annual Incline Star Follies, the choreographed community lip-synch show that raises money for Incline’s public schools.
All four have appeared in one combination or another of family members over the years — Jonathan is in his 12th year of participation; Amy, in her seventh; Ian, an eighth-grader at Incline Middle School, is in his second show; and Dylan, a senior at Incline High, is in his third appearance and last as a student.
“It’s a great community event,” says Jonathan. “It’s one of the few times a year that the whole community actually gets together for something.”
Beyond the altruistic aspects of fundraising and community bonding, the Smiths have fun with the show.
Jonathan started off 2014’s show as the titular canine in “What Does the Fox Say?” with a raucous performance in the goofy Yves dance hit.
Dylan, who balances school and a spot on the Highlander golf team with show rehearsals, looks back fondly on an eighth-grade Follies performance of Journey’s “”Don’t Stop Believin’.”
“That’s probably one of my favorite songs,” he says.
“We all enjoy it,” adds Amy. “It’s the first and last time we can all be in it, so this is special for us.”
It’s a labor of love with long hours on and off the Incline High School stage, which is scheduled to host five showings Friday and Saturday.
“Since the end of January, we’ve been doing two-1.5 hour practices per week,” says Ian. “Then I probably do 30 minutes to an hour of practice at home.”
The practice schedule ramps up ahead of the big shows this weekend, with full-costume rehearsals scheduled to get the performances exactly right before the big 6 p.m. Friday premiere.
Kyle Magin, a former reporter for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, is editor of Tahoe Quarterly.