Central Coast Follies present a "Fairy Tale" of a benefit show

Net proceeds go to Parkinson's disease research

slinn@thetribunenews.comOctober 3, 2013 

Fairy tales will come true when the Central Coast Follies perform this weekend in Arroyo Grande.

“Heroes, Villains & Other Fairy Tales” kicks off Saturday and Sunday at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts Center before returning for more performances Oct. 10 through 13.

Directed and choreographed by Jason Sumabat, the Follies’ 11th annual show features a cast of 85 dancers and singers, including community members Roy Henry, Sean Owen, Jimmy Thornton and D.K. and Judy Philbin. Aerial dancers from Suspended Motion Aerial Arts in San Luis Obispo will also perform.

Featured in the show are the 14 Follies dancers, who are all 50 or older.

“It’s a really neat group of ladies,” said Dara Hadley, who is in her first year as the show’s producer.

She replaces Dixie Parker, who stepped down in order to serve as primary caregiver for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease.

Hadley’s mother, Marlene Lackey, has been dancing with the Follies for eight years.

“They love what they’re doing and they’re an amazing support system for each other,” Hadley said of the group. “They really have the ability to touch everyone in the audience.”

Together, the Follies and their friends will present a program of familiar, whimsical tunes, including “Love Potion No. 9,” “Pennies for Heaven,” “Purple People Eater” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Each show closes with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“The music really covers many genres,” Hadley said.

Hadley pointed to one major new development. This year, the Follies will actually sing instead of lip-syncing, as they’d done in previous years.

“They felt like it wasn’t really real when they were just miming the lyrics,” Hadley explained, adding that the women were eager to do more. “I think it’s going to add a lot to the shows.”

The net proceeds from “Heroes, Villains & Other Fairy Tales” benefit Parkinson’s disease research. Over the past 10 years, the Follies and their supporters have donated more than $251,000 to the Parkinson Alliance.

IF YOU GO

"Heroes, Villains & Other Fairy Tales"
2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Saturday through Oct. 13
Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande
$25 to $29
489-9444 or www.clarkcenter.org

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