Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FOLLIES 2017 SHOW SCHEDULE

               HERE IT IS!  FOLLIES 2017 SCHEDULE!

                 OUR NEW SHOW SCHEDULE IS READY!
That means you can start calling our Ticket Reps and be the
first to reserve your seats for the 2017 Show!  It's never too early!

THE ORIGINAL FLORIDA FOLLIES

                                 Founded by Cathy Dooley  

       PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY SANDIE LECH-BLOOM 

                                 Presents
                      2017:
". . . ON WITH THE SHOW " 
                     Featuring:
               SINGER DON STANSFIELD   
              JOEY and THE PARADONS 
       and COMEDIAN BOBBY KELTON

          ALL SHOWS START AT 2:00 PM

Sunday - Jan 22, 2017 - OMNI AUDITORIUM
Broward College, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd,
               Coconut Creek, FL 33066
          Call: JIM and BEV 954-454-2457
Tickets $20 each - Preview Performance only
                 Group Rates Available
 
Four Shows at OLYMPIC HEIGHTS THEATER
    20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Sun - Feb 5, 2017        Call: SANDY     561-563-2161
Sun - Feb 12, 2017     Call: SYLVIA    954-720-1880
Sun - Feb 19, 2017     Call: SHERRY  561-338-6860
Sun - Feb 26, 2017     Call: ROZ          310-701-7380
    Tickets $30 each - Group Rates Available

Sunday - Mar 12, 2017 - PARKER PLAYHOUSE
707 NE 8th St, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
                              CALL DIRECT:
                 Ticketmaster: 954-462-0222
                  Group Sales: 954-660-6307
     Online: https://www.parkerplayhouse.com
Tickets $29.50 each - plus Parker Restoration Fee


 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BE A FOLLIES "ANGEL"

                                            THE FOLLIES "TAPPERS FOR KIDS"

                 PLEASE BE A FOLLIES "ANGEL"
            GO TO OUR NEW FUNDING WEBSITE:
                 www.gofundme.com/floridafollies

Over the years, The Follies has experienced continuing
rising costs to produce their shows.  In order to carry on
with all the business and creative aspects of presenting
spectacular shows to our faithful audiences (as well as
donating a sizeable sum to our Children's charities), this
new funding website has been created for "ANGELS"
who wish to make any donation (LARGE or small) to our
organization. 

Please help The Follies move forward to 2017 and beyond!
    (Click on the "gofundme" link on our Contact Page).


We thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our tapping
feet!            Love from The Follies "TAPPERS FOR KIDS"!

  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The Follies Girls!

        WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Since March 2015 (after Cathy Dooley's retirement), our new
Director, Sandie Lech-Bloom, with her Choreographer, Cheryl
Steinthal, have been whipping The Follies troupe into shape for
the next Season!

It hasn't been easy for either the New Regime or the dancers!   
Sandie has had to speed learn all there is to know in taking over
Cathy's many duties, including executive decisions as well as 
creative ones and all other chores in between. 

On the other hand, Sandie and Cheryl have tunnel vision when it
comes to how every head turn, hand position, toe direction, kick
height, fists (closed or open), arms straight (not bent), and numer-
ous other tiny details MUST BE!!  And above all, over all the din,
we hear Sandie's voice shouting "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!"
Well, we are here to tell you that we are in this for the long haul, 
because WE LOVE IT!  You cannot know unless you have been  
on any team how satisfying it is to be a part of something that will
ultimately entertain an audience. 

As part of The Original Florida Follies it is our extreme good for-
tune knowing that what we do also gives a large benefit to the
organizations we support.  There are many Children-in-Need in
South Florida who have been given (through our donations) things
they would not have had otherwise - such as new clothing, summer
camp, diaper supplies, dental attention and more. With our dona-
tion it was also possible for one of our charities, Family Central, to 
purchase a new van to deliver food and essentials to their needy 
families.  We are proud to say that since the year 2000, The Original
Florida Follies has donated over $800,000 to various Children's
charities in Southern Florida! 

Most importantly, we also want to acknowledge our FAITHFUL
AUDIENCES without which we could not accomplish what we  
set out to do.  And for that -

          WE THANK YOU SO MUCH and
            LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2017!

       Click on "Schedule" Page to order tickets!

                        

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CATHY DOOLEY HAS RETIRED!

       TRIBUTE TO CATHY DOOLEY
           "THERE WILL NEVER BE
              ANOTHER LIKE HER!"
At the Follies Cast Party on 3-19-15, Cathy Dooley
announced her retirement after almost 60 years
of teaching dance, choreographing, directing and
producing

           During the 15 years as Producer, Director, Choreographer and Mother to "The Original Florida Follies", we observed how our organization grew under her tutelage.  Cathy's determination - along with her instinctive creativity - made The Follies one of its kind in Florida.   To top all of this,  many  Children-in-Need organizations became monetary  recipients of her generosity to the tune of over  $780,000!

           Fifty-eight years ago Cathy began her teaching career in a studio in Astoria, New York, from which nine of her students went on to become Radio City Rockettes.  After she came to Florida,  from 1990 through 2000, Cathy choreographed dance routines for the "Ziegfeld Girls of South Florida".   Some of the dancers encouraged Cathy to start her own Follies, and in 2001 their one show at Omni Auditorium featured 12 dancers, 5 showgirls, an MC and 2 assistants.  After word got around about Cathy and her troupe, the Follies' Omni show in 2002 had a full house!  Many new dancers, showgirls, models and acts and several venues were added over the years, but since 2009 audiences have flocked to three favorites: Omni, Olympic Heights Theater and Parker Playhouse.

          Because of all these accomplishments, she was invited as Guest of Honor at the 2014 Rockette Alumnae Association meeting in NYC and received a statuette for her outstanding teaching and directorial skills as well as for her humanitarianism. 

          Even though there have been team players helping her through the years, all this has been tremendous work for Cathy - physically, mentally and emotionally - and we understand her need to hand it over to those with younger vigor and energy.   We hate to see you go. . . . .but if you must. . . . . .
                         TO OUR CATHY -
WE RAISE OUR GLASSES TO YOU AND
WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS
AND BLESSINGS IN YOUR NEW
LEISURE LIFE!  HIP,HIP,HOORAY!
 

 

     

Friday, June 27, 2014

CATHY DOOLEY HONORED AGAIN BY NYC ROCKETTES!

Cathy cutting her cake!

Michelle Koutsebelis, Cathy with former students, Shelley Offenther
 
 
Arlene Acker, Cathy, Sheila Phillips

Cathy Dooley Honored by Rockette Alumnae at Radio City Music Hall - June 22, 2014

 Cathy Dooley, an honorary Rockette, was the guest of honor at the Rockette Alumnae Association quarterly meeting held in NYC on June 22, 2014.  Upon her arrival at Radio City Music Hall Cathy was immediately whisked away for an interview with Hanna Meium, the RCMH archivist and present day Rockette.

 Cathy spoke about how 9 of her students went on to become Rockettes. The interview video will appear in the near future on the new Rockette Timeline historical web site http://www.rockettes.com/timeline.html?source=videos/2301245439 and on YouTube.

 After the interview Cathy attended the meeting and luncheon that had a large turnout of former Rockettes and members of the Alumnae Association. During the meeting some of Cathy’s former students who had gone on to become Rockettes got up and spoke about Cathy. They were called the Cathettes and they came from all over the country to honor Cathy. The Cathettes present were Katy Braff, Rosemary Posillico Noviello, Cookie Dutch Franzese, and Lucille Narr Saladino. They spoke about the type of teacher Cathy was. While kind, they said she was very demanding and tough on them, working them hard and encouraging them to be the best.    If you survived Cathy’s training, you were prepared to audition for the Rockettes. That’s why so many girls made the Rockettes.

Cathy spoke about how happy she was to be there. She discussed her background, the money donated to charities and how she is still very passionate about The Original Florida Follies and their mission.

After Cathy spoke, some of Barbara Anzalone’s students tap-danced to Liza Minelli’s “New York, New York” to salute Cathy. Sound familiar? The finale consisted of Arlene Acker and Sheila Phillips doing their rendition of “Rumor Has It”. As it had been staged for 10, the hoofers re-choreographed it for two dancers. The audience loved it, and Cathy was very proud and surprised as she had no idea that her dancers would be performing one of her works.

Patty DeCarlo Grantham, the President of the Association and organizer of the event, had a delicious cake (see photo) especially made for Cathy which everyone enjoyed!

 

 
 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

ROCKETTE ALUMNAE AWARD TO CATHY DOOLEY!

Cathy Dooley, Founder of
The Original Florida Follies
holding her Award!
 
While teaching in her New York studio years ago,
many of Cathy Dooley's students became
Radio City Music Hall Rockettes!
We are proud to report that at the Hotel Riviera in
Miami Beach, The Radio City Music Hall Rockette
Alumnae Association presented Cathy with
a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding work as a
Teacher, Director, Choreographer and Humanitarian!
 
THE FOLLIES MEMBERS ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, CATHY!