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Star Follies features biggest cast ever!

The 9th annual Quincy Star Follies is set for Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds! We say this every year, and it’s no lie, but this is the biggest cast ever! Putting it all out there, we have 50 Feather River College students from Golden Eagle soccer, volleyball, equine, football and child development programs to name a few; we have 50 students from Quincy Elementary, Jr./ Sr. High School, Plumas Charter and Plumas Christian School!

Our community  cast includes 68 brave souls all here to dazzle and amaze you as they compete for the grand prize of local fame and glory in an all-star lip sync show. Musical numbers are from Motown, Broadway, Hollywood, Bollywood; over the course of the 1920s to the 2020s, classic to contemporary.

The Follies is the premier fundraising event of the Feather River College Foundation and together with the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style. Over the past 9 years, the Follies has enjoyed a stellar production crew including our esteemed and talented director Don Hertel who flies up from sunny San Diego twice a year to guide and direct our cast. Don travels with his outstanding technician David Wolford who is the wizard of and lights and stage! We are among three shows in the state, the longest running show over 25 years in Ridgecrest. Though we are the youngest of the three, we are the biggest and in this author’s humble opinion — the best!

So many hands are necessary for making this a successful production in addition to tremendous community support and sponsorship. Each year, the Quincy Courtyard Suites houses our director and tech team for the show and the Feather Bed Inn hosts our team in pre-production.

Our committee is small but mighty:  Kris Miravalle handles all things fiscal and financial; Nancy Gambell attends to sponsorships and logistics; Jackie Blanton oversees our gracious volunteers of which we have over 30; and Karen Pierson handles the administration of this large event.

Lisa Grant is our “kid wrangler” which is an arduous and extremely rewarding task (she’ll tell you about the rewarding part after the show). Frank Carey, Lauren Pearson, Steve Corbett and Wayne Bauer take on the giant job of venue and Lisa Kelly develops the show, recruits and assigns our talented cast to their numbers.

We could not do this without the help of our sound team — Greg and Christie Sawyer — who are Follies family! Our choreographers are bursting with talent, which is evident via the quality of the production.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds and staff who graciously allow us access to this invaluable resource including their competent and reliable staff and provides an outstanding venue for our audience which numbers over 1,200 over the course of the four shows.

We cannot wait to see you on March 15 and 16, at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Get your tickets soon (adults $15, kids $10) as this show tends to sell out fast! Tickets are for sale at Quincy Provisions and online at www.frcfoundation.org.

Proceeds for the Follies are given out in mini grants, scholarships and programs that benefit Feather River College students, staff and faculty. For more information, please call Lisa Kelly at Moon’s Restaurant, 283-9900.

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