(01/03/2002)
One of the most popular events at the old Calhoun High School was the annual "Follies," which pulled a large segment of the student body together to participate in a major music, dance and entertainment production. The Follies will be returning in May, and are scheduled to be performed for three days, May 17-19.

The starting-up of The Follies will be underwritten by "Lights On!" funds, according to Tony Russell. "We hope to give it a running start, in hopes it will continue."

Area residents, former graduates and parents crowded into the old high school gym for several years to enjoy the productions, generally under the direction of music master Joe Wilt, who was part of the school system for several years. After funding became scarce and supplement money was no longer available, the long-time event was scratched.

A new component for The Follies will be adult participation with a community choir. The adult follies choir will have their first rehearsal on January 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Harry Beall is looking for some musical volunteers.

"Since this is a community choir, it is open to everyone who loves to sing. You don't need to have a fabulous voice, just carry a tune," said Beall. The choir will also be performing A Cappella music, in addition to singing with sound tracks and live musicians.

"The skill level we hope to attain will be moderate to advanced and will contain four part harmonies. We need female and male voices, so please come and join us," concluded Beall, who can be contacted at 354-6649 or follies2002@lycos.com

A new organization to support the May event and hopefully build for the future is "Friends of the Follies," which will have their first meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 4 p.m. in the band room at Calhoun Middle-High School. Help is needed to support the resurgence of one of the counties nicest events. Contact Trina Beall for more information at 304-354-6649.


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