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Crude and rude for a good cause

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun
Ryan Salm/Sierra Sun File PhotoLynn Larson of the Jezzebelles sings about downtown Truckee parking tickets in the last showing of the Truckee Follies
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It’s almost time for Truckee townspeople to gather and poke fun at the post office, taunt the town council and mock Measure C in this year’s 17th quasi-annual Truckee Follies.

Over 100 volunteers have been working hard to produce this year’s “Round-about Truckee”-themed event, which will ridicule “whoever is vulnerable at the time,” said Follies Producer Cliff Hartwell.

“You’ve got to have thick skin if you’re a target,” Hartwell said. “But we haven’t had any lawsuits yet.”

Every topic and townie is fair game, and Follies script writers are known for being politically incorrect equal-opportunity offenders, said Lynelle Tyler, the show’s director.

“Only in Truckee would they ask a legally blind woman to direct the show,” Tyler said of her first year as director.

Audience members can eat, drink and be merry while enjoying dance performances, Saturday Night Live-style skits and musical entertainment.

“It’s a great tradition because we get to see friends make an ass of themselves,” Tyler said. “If you’re the target of a joke, it’s only because you’re popular.”

Tickets will go on sale April Fool’s Day, and Tyler said she expects for all four performances to sell out.

The event is sponsored by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, and proceeds benefit the beautification projects in Truckee ” from Christmas decorations to spring foliage. Revenue from ticket sales will also provide $1,000 scholarships to four Truckee high school students.