Lights, camera, FOLLIES

The annual FOLLIES performance is only hours away as the final dress rehearsal kicked off tonight Oct. 21 at Oneida High School. FOLLIES, a musical comedy show, will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 through Oct. 24 in the Oneida High School Auditorium.

More than 50 people dedicated the last three weeks to set design, technical aspects, directing, acting, singing and last but not least, dancing.

The show has been under the direction of Christopher Alan Productions, founded in Cincinnati in 1984. The company has become the premier producer of amateur revue fundraisers in cities across the country. The company specializes in producing highly entertaining music and comedy revues using local volunteer performers and crews. Christopher Fettig is the producer and director, and Danielle Fettig is the choreographer for the company.

The Fettigs arrived in Oneida Oct. 5 for the FOLLIES kick-off party at the Oneida Elks Club. The couple has been hard at work leading the cast in routines that include dancing, singing and comedy.

Danielle Fettig gathered the cast in one of the classrooms at 6:30 p.m. to go over last minute direction and choreography tweaks before the dress rehearsal. She encouraged enthusiasm and voice projection among her noted she read to the cast.

"The audience knows the songs," Fettig said. "They'll start getting into it."

Most cast members have been repeat-FOLLIES performers; some have been involved since the 1970s, such as David Cockrell. Working the sound system for more than 30 years, Cockrell, an Oneida native and an employee of Siemens Healthcare Medical, said he looks forward to the FOLLIES each year.

"It's a good time," Cockrell said. "It's a lot of fun in a short period of time."

After costumes were fitted and hair and makeup were finished, the cast was called to the stage. Although it was a rehearsal, the cast had an audience. Residents of the Long-term Care Facility at OHC and Hazel Carpenter Adult Care Home gathered in the auditorium for a few hours of "FOLLIES comedy."

Friday and Saturday night's shows are near selling out, according to OHC Auxiliary member Ann Pierz. Even with the economy, Pierz said the community has shown great support.

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If you haven't bought a ticket yet, they will be available at the door before each performance for $10 each. All proceeds will benefit the OHC.

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