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Truckee Follies will return in mid-April

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

After a four-year intermission, the Truckee Follies will be back.

Many Truckee characters will be satirized and publicly poked fun of as Truckee Follies organizers promise to make this year’s “millennium event” special, reenacting past follies skits and bringing some of the original players back to the cast. Both generic humor and Truckee local inside jokes will be abundant. This year’s theme will pay tribute to changes in Truckee over the past 20 years.

“They’ll be some cheap shots,” said Truckee Follies writer and director Tom Albright.

The nearly 20-year-old event is a Truckee Downtown Merchants Association fund-raiser that started in 1981. It was at first an annual event, and then changed to every other year due to the amount of planning and preparation it takes. This year will be the follies’ 13th year.

“It was dreamed up by a handful of people. It must have been a long, dark winter and people felt like they had to release some steam,” joked Albright.

This year the follies are dedicated to Mary Herhusky, one of the original founders who passed away last year. Albright was able to track down another driving force behind the event, Janey Smith, in Windsor, Colo., where she is a professional entertainer. He said he had lost track of her temporarily, but she is returning to participate in all follies shows this year. She hasn’t been back to Truckee since 1983.

The Year 2000 follies involve approximately 100 actors, actresses, organizers, food and beverage servers and other volunteers. Show dates are April 12, 13, 14, and 15 at the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District Community Center. Tickets cost $15 for Wednesday and Thursday night shows, and $50 for Friday and Saturday night Dress Circle tickets. The show consists of 30 acts in two hours.

A full bar will be available courtesy of OB’s Pub and food will be served by Earthly Delights. Bank of the West is handling the reception.

As tradition dictates, tickets will go on sale at 7 a.m. on April Fools Day at Cabona’s. People often arrive early and literally camp out to purchase their tickets, so get there early.

Volunteers are needed to waitress and help out in the kitchen for all four nights. If interested, contact Truckee Follies producer Cliff Hartwell at 587-7945.


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