Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The Follies Girls!

        WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Since March (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 their 16th  
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.

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 2016!

     Click on "Schedule" Page to order tickets!


Monday, May 18, 2015

FOLLIES 2016 SHOW SCHEDULE

Back: Sherry Benjamin, Lisa Evertz, Love Crisson, Cheryl Steinthal
Front: Sheila Phillips, Margaret Taylor, Sandie Lech-Bloom,
                                                                                    ArleneAcker

THE ORIGINAL FLORIDA FOLLIES presents
                   2016:
              A BRAND NEW DAY!
    PLEASE NOTE: ALL SHOWS WILL START AT 2:00 PM 

Sunday, Jan 24      Omni Auditorium          Bev & Jim   954-454-2457
                  1000 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066
                  Tickets:  $20 each - PREVIEW PERFORMANCE ONLY
                                      Group Rates Available.
Sun, Feb 7       Olympic Heights Theater        Sylvia     954-720-1880
Sun, Feb 14     Olympic Heights Theater        Ruth       561-749-0016
Sun, Feb 21     Olympic Heights Theater        Sherry     561-338-6860
Sun, Feb 28     Olympic Heights Theater        Barbara   954-501-5597
                      20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434
                           Tickets:  $28 each - Group Rates Available.

Sunday, March 13       Parker Playhouse           Call directly to Parker
707 NE 8th St, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
                            Direct Line 954-462-0222 #1
                 or online: https://www.parkerplayhouse.com
                      Tickets:  $28 each - plus Parker Restoration Fee
                                Group Rates Available.






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!
 

 

     

Thursday, February 5, 2015

FOLLIES DANCER TURNS 80!

Lisa Evertz blowing out 80th Birthday Candles!

Lisa and husband, Richard, enjoying the festivities!

This year The Follies welcomed another "over 80"
Precious Gem to their roster of dancing Gems in this
Season's show,  "DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!"

We joined Lisa's celebration at the Coral Springs Country
Club on January 30th along with her family and friends
and were so happy to be there for this milestone occasion.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA!!!   AND MANY MORE!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOLLIES HOLIDAY PARTY 12-13-14

Lois & Harvey Ginsburg, Dr.Ana Calderone-Randazzo (CEO of CDTC),
Dr. Barbara Weinstein (CEO of Family Central), Jim & Beverly Blatchley

Santa's Helpers: Cris Seber, Joanie Helgesen, Beverly
Blatchley, Cathy Dooley, Lois Ginsburg, Rona Rod

Again this year everyone worked very hard to help The Follies' Diaper Fund be a huge success!  Our charities (Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Family Central) were so appreciative of all the very needed diapers.   It's hard to believe that in our society there is such a huge shortage, and we were proud to donate the large amount of diapers and children's clothing that our members contributed.

            A big thank you to Beverly & Jim Blatchley and Lois & Harvey Ginsburg for shopping for all those diapers, searching for sales, using coupons to acquire so many and lugging them home, to the Brunch and then into the charities' cars.  It is never taken for granted the hard work that we all put in to helping our organization do the charitable work we set out to do.  We CAN AND DO do more than DANCE!!!  
                                         THANK YOU EVERYONE!   Cathy Dooley

                   Margaret Taylor did a terrific job organizing the Brunch.   In addition to the hours put into the Diaper Fund, Beverly Blatchley also made those delectible chocolates each one of us received!  The winner of the 50/50 Raffle ($150) was Virginia Page, who generously donated it back to The Follies - THANKS VIRGINIA!  (There is a Santa Claus!)

          Richard Williams, along with his guitarist, David, supplied the music, and Ellen Schwarz led the line dancing.  Dance Captain, Sandie Lech-Bloom, introduced our new dancers (Nicki Lazarus, Marlene Perlstein & Cheryl Steinthal) and new models (Emily Adams, Marjorie Borgese & Elaine Musick).  Welcome to The Follies Family!

          Our Welcoming Committee added flavor to our luncheon by greeting us at the door dressed in Holiday costumes!  Thank you Lois, Beverly, Rona, Joanie, and to our Candy Cane, Cris, and to Ethel, the Elf!
 
 

       

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOLLIES HALLOWEEN FUN

Rehearsal on October 31, 2014 turned into some
Halloween fun!  Some of our dancers decided to
get into the spirit of the day with their Halloween
themed outfits!

From L to R:  Cindy Trinder, Love Crisson, Goodi
Stewart, Lois Ginsburg, Beverly Blatchley, Vivian
Jeffers, Joanie Helgesen, Rona Rod, Ethel
Beardsworth, Ruth Trimmer, Mariann Sudzus,
Margaret Taylor and Lisa Evertz.