Meadville Tribune

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November 14, 2012

Fabulous Follies returns to local stage

MEADVILLE — Where can you go to see your local psychiatrist shaking his hips like Elvis, family physicians dancing with “Carmen Miranda” and lots of community members bringing their talents to the stage in support of the Meadville Medical Center Auxiliary?

The Fabulous Fifties Follies, of course! It’s on stage this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each day at Meadville Area Senior High School.

For three weeks, nearly 100 volunteer cast members of all ages have learned to sing, dance and act under the direction of Chris Fettig from CAP Follies.

Anne Runkle, RN, and the medical center’s Trauma Program coordinator, is this year’s Talent Chairperson. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this year’s Charity Follies production, and feel seeing the show coming together from beginning to almost show time is a priceless gift,” she said.

This is Anne’s first time volunteering with the Meadville Medical Center Charity Follies. She says she didn’t know what to expect but is constantly overwhelmed by the talent and the sense of community by this year’s large cast. “The talent is amazing, and the relationships being built between cast members will undoubtedly be long-lasting.”

Cast members like Anna Maurana, a Meadville Medical Center Third Floor licensed practical nurse, says it’s a lot to learn and a lot of work, but it’s worth every minute. She’s performed in the Follies for decades. “Over the years I have met a lot of very talented people who are now great friends. We are one big family. The Follies is a great way to bring the community together,” Maurana said.

Tracy Meure, director of the Community Care Network for MMC, says she’s wanted to be in the Meadville Medical Center Charity Follies since she was a little girl. She remembers the fun of seeing her doctor dance on the stage. This year, it’s her turn to dance with the doctors. “This experience has been amazing,” she said. “As a new member of the MMC team, I have been humbled by the number of community members that come to perform, show their support for our organization, and share their stories of how MMC has touched their lives!”

This year’s Follies is a “comeback” for the popular stage event. Run every two years as a major fundraiser for the hospital for decades, it is back this year for the first time in several years.

Tickets are $15 for adults or four tickets for $50; for children, they are $5. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at the following locations: Meadville Medical Center Gift Shops at both the Liberty Street and Grove Street buildings; the Wellness Extension; Chilson’s Home Furnishings; Timberland Frame & Floral; Jeron Diamond Jewelers & Gemologists, and the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.

There will also be a ticket auction of many items during the show both nights. All proceeds benefit the Meadville Medical Center Auxiliary which assists with some Meadville Medical Center purchases.

The Fabulous Fifties Follies will take audiences on a trip back in time — with a little bit of “Marilyn Monroe,” Rockin’ Roller Skaters, “Elvis,” a dancing banana and many favorite 1950s tunes. It was performed last month in South Dakota to sold-out crowds. There’s a lot of singing and dancing, and large doses of comedy — and suitable for all ages.

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