Shock and awe anticipated at this year’s Truckee Follies |

Shock and awe anticipated at this year’s Truckee Follies

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Vicki Kahn/Sierra SunPhyllis McConn, Pattie and Hartley Lesser, Lauren and Jake Hudsonm Michael Holley and Holly Beatie at the April 1 kick-off event at Cabona's.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Politically incorrect, lewd and crude, offensive and absolutely hilarious and#8212; hmmn, sounds like the Truckee Follies are right around the corner! Many tawdry transgressions, while addressing local issues in Follies style, will most definitely be committed this year at the infamous event, slated for April 21-24 at Truckee’s Old Rec Center on Church Street. The irreverent revue’s theme this year is and#8220;Truckee-Boom or Bust?and#8221; taking its cue from the current down economy. And rest assured, nothing is sacred at this truly Truckee event, or as it has been said of the Follies: and#8220;It is an equal opportunity offender.and#8221;

The work horses behind the scenes contributing to the uproarious success of the production are Cliff Hartwell as Follies producer and#8220;Emeritus,and#8221; Stefanie Olivieri as Follies producer and#8220;in training,and#8221; and Debbie Cole as Follies director. There are many local writers who come up with the clever and comical lines of each skit and song, some of whom are Richard Anderson, Maia Schneider, Dave Gravell, Paul Raymore, Jim Duffy, Ted Owens, Patti Florian and Mitch Clarin.

As tradition would have it, ticket sales kicked off for the quasi-annual event at Cabona’s on April Fool’s Day at 7 a.m., followed by the first annual and#8220;Follies Folks Get Togetherand#8221; held later that evening. The April 1 get together (no Fool’s Day here) was catered by Florian’s and the Tourist Club. Attendees included Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (hereafter referred to as TDMA) board members, cast and crew members, printed program volunteers (the program and its racy ads are a whole other story and#8230;) and various other volunteers, all of whom lend an important helping hand to the Follies end product and bottom line. The Follies are the main fundraiser for the TDMA with funds being used for the beautification of downtown Truckee, children’s holiday events and Christmas decorations, Truckee Thursdays and for TTHS student scholarships as well. At press time, there were a few highly coveted Saturday night Follies tickets still available, as well as tickets for the other nights, but they are selling steadily I’m told. Tickets are only available at Cabona’s in downtown Truckee or by calling 587-3161.

Getting warmed up for the Big Event at the April 1 Follies Fool’s Day get together were Stefanie Olivieri, Alyssa Westenburg (TDMA prez), Donna and Jerry Wood, Alan and Cathy Harry, Steve Jennings, Kathleen Eagan and Jim Duffy, Jody Poe, Larry Heifetz, Lisa Dobey and Debbie Cole, Keith Shannon, Holly Beatie, Mike and Melinda Holley, Chris Nelson, Hal Dawson, Ned Roberts, Emily Wexler, Fran Sandwith, Lynne Larson, Mary Anderson, Barbara Wilkinson, Julie Tenorio, Scott Ackley, Mitch Clarin, Kelly Taber, Jake and Lauren Schaake Hudson, Kane and Aimee Schaller, Rick and Phyllis McConn, Ron and Patti Florian, Hartley and Pattie Lesser, Mark Stebbins, Deb Ryan and Tom and Sandy Combs.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Community Editor Amy Edgett to Vicki Khan can be reached at

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