‘Holly’s Follies’ returns to Dixon

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Theatre > This time, the group does ‘A Tribute to Gershwin’

The Dixon Community Players present a new original show, “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin.”
Perhaps the greatest achievement of George and Ira Gershwin — although remembered for the sounds and style of the Jazz Age — was in the area of the musical comedy. In “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin,” the audience will hear jazz songs such as “Clap Yo’ Hands” and “I Got Rhythm.” Show numbers from “Strike Up the Band” and “Of Thee I Sing” and love ballads from several shows and movies will also be played. Soloists and a choir will sing a medley of songs from the classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.”
From Los Alamos, Jeff Favorite returns as the master of ceremonies, revising the role he played in the first “Holly’s Follies.” He has performed in several Los Alamos Little Theatre productions and is the leader of the Hill Stompers, Los Alamos’ adult community marching band.
Sheila Schiferl, choir director, pianist and organist, is the music director and also sings a “special” number.
Rose Corrigan, who has also appeared with the Los Alamos Little Theatre, is a newcomer to DCP. She has a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago.
George R. Spillman is another featured singer from Los Alamos. He, along with Chuck Tallman and Joe Fritz, comprise three-quarters of the Barbershop Quartet.
There are several Taoseños in this production as well. Kristen Woolf, founder of Opera Tazza and The Space Theater, will sings “My Man’s Gone Now” from “Porgy and Bess.”
Cynthia Freeman-Valerio “Cindy” teaches theater for Taos Academy and is the director and co-creator of “The Eighth Annual Night of 1000 Stars.” She will be featured in the first weekend performances.
Rick De Stefano, a Taos attorney and club musician (keyboards, vocals) who accompanies singers in Broadway and jazz standard repertoires, including many appearances on the TCA stage as a pianist, will be featured in the second weekend performances. “Holly’s Follies 2” is De Stefano’s musical theater debut as a singer.
Also, Richard Martin and his wife Edna will perform several Gershwin numbers. For Richard, this is a switch from Country/Western. As a singer-songwriter, he and his brother Glenn, who is a lyricist, have won at the New Mexico Music Awards three years in a row. 
“Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin” was conceived and directed by Holly Haas, the founder of the Dixon Community Players. The Gershwins wrote the songs and lyrics. The show features songs from more than 20 of the Gershwins’ Broadway shows and four movies with a cast of singers, dancers and musicians from Los Alamos, Taos, Peñasco, Truchas, Hernandez, Pilar and Dixon.
Some of the faces onstage will be familiar from previous shows: Kay Johnson (producer); Yesca Sullivan (choreographer); Susan Lewis, Brandon Santos, David Rigsby, Dick Padberg, Jeff Spicer and Henry Knutsen ( last seen as the lead in “Lucky Stiff 2011”).
And new this year from the surrounding area: Barbara Malisow, Linda Phelps, Ruzina Busch, Gayle Frauenglass, Watende Yazid, and 10-year-old Jessy Silverman.
“Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin” will be at 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6; and 2 p.m. April 7 and 14 at the Toolshed #68, Hwy. 75, Dixon.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children five and younger are admitted free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dixonplayers.com, the Embudo Valley Library, or call 505-579-9102.