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‘Follies’ brings former performers together to revisit their lives and careers

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Musical theater continues to thrive in Kansas City when The Barn Players present Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Follies"-- a show about three former Follies stars who return to the theater just prior to its demolition to reflect on their lives--opening Friday, April 18.

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According to a Barn spokesman, “Follies” represents the largest casts they have presented. The famous stage musical opens Friday, April 18 and runs weekends through May 4, with both evening and Sunday matinee performances at the theatre, 6219 Martway in Mission, KS.

“The show is a great choice for The Barn because of the wide age range of the actors needed,” Vida Bikales, board president of The Barn, said. “As a true community theatre, we try to utilize actors of all ages. And really, who doesn't like tap dancing and feathers?”

“Follies” won eight Tony Awards and tells the story of a reunion of past performers from
“Weismann’s Follies,” held in a crumbling Broadway theatre, about to be torn down, and
features the music and songs that won fame over the years, Pat Paton, media director, said.

“Follies” is considered one of Sondheim’s finest musicals with songs including such
Broadway classics as: “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Losing My Mind,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Could I leave You?,” “One More Kiss,” and a host of others.

Sondheim’s “Follies” debuted on Broadway in 1971 and included Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith, and Yvonne De Carlo in the original cast as the divas who renunite to reminisce their life on the stage in previous Follies, similar to the famous Zigfield Follies.

The production will have audiences on their feet, clapping and cheering for more. “Follies” is directed by Eric Magnus with musical direction by Tim Braselton. The show is rated “PG”.

The Barn Players production of “Follies” features the largest cast ever assembled in the
theatre’s 59 year history and spot-lights some of the area’s finest performers and singers, Pat Paton, media representative for The Barn Players, said.

The cast includes: Tracy Fox, John Edmonds, J.C. Dresslar, Kipp Simmons, Peggy Mall, Anita Meehan, Pamela Klifer, Erica Fox, Diana Strahm, Sharon Johnson, Ruth Baum Bigus, Debbie Huffman, Dee Dee Diemer, Dennis Maddux, Ray Zarr, Paul Anderson, Victor Castillo, Pete Barrett, Ed Downs, Sarah Bodle, Jake Leet, Alyssa Winters, Daniel Hrdlicka, Alyssa Hoedl, Katherine Ruprecht, Ken Koval, Zoe London, Jill Smith, Andrea Serrioz, Veroncia Wood, Lakin Allen, Sam Hay, Blaine Brungardt and Miles Wirth.

Tickets are $18 and may be purchased on the theatre website www.thebarnplayers.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the box office the date of the performance; discounts for seniors and students.

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