Friday, February 5, 2016

FOLLIES AUDITIONS - APRIL 12, 2016



THE ORIGINAL FLORIDA FOLLIES WILL
BE AUDITIONING DANCERS AND MODELS  
FOR OUR 2017 SHOW:

Where:  in our studio  -  RDA Dance
6285 West Sample Road
Coral Springs,  FL 33067

Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 12, 2016  at  1:30 PM.
 
Dancers:  You must be 55 years old, or older, and able
to tap dance.  Please wear a leotard, tights and bring
your tap shoes.

Models:  You must be 55 years old, or older, and able
to do some dance steps.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL:   
                   954-445-4232

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BE A FOLLIES "ANGEL"

              THE FOLLIES "TAPPERS FOR KIDS"

The Follies' new show, "2016: A BRAND NEW DAY!"
will be opening January 24, 2016 at Omni Auditorium 
(in Broward College) in Coconut Creek.  Following that
will be four shows (Feb 7, 14, 21, 28) at Olympic Heights
Theater (in the High School) in Boca Raton.  Finishing
the season will be the March 13th show at Parker
Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. 

We know you will not want to miss this Fast, Happy,
Uplifting show with beautiful new costumes and new
exciting routines.

New in this season's show is: Joey and the Paradons 
(fantastic Doo-Wop Group) along with recurring
favorite: Roy Michaels (Brooklyn Bridge fame), along
with crowd pleasers, Lynn Mitchell and Henrietta (Hank)
Phillips.

AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO DIRECT YOU 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).

      PLEASE DONATE AND BE A FOLLIES "ANGEL" !

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

  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

FUN AT THE FOLLIES HOLIDAY PARTY!

Follies Director, Sandie Lech-Bloom and 
Follies Choreographer, Cheryl Steinthal

Jim and Bev Blatchley, Amanda Mitchell and Ana Calderon Randazzo (CDTC),
Barbara Weinstein and Julie Klhar (Family Central) and Lois and Harvey Ginsburg
                                                    Margaret Taylor

 Barbara Warner,Rona Rod,JoanieHelgesen,Hank Phillips,Jo Schlags

The Follies Holiday Luncheon on December 5th, 2015 was 
festive and fun with good food, dancing and camaraderie.

Follies Director, Sandie Lech-Bloom, announced that all 
performers need this break from the grueling rehearsals
led by Choreographer Cheryl Steinthal, but . . . . . not to
enjoy the food too much so that we will fit into our fancy
new costumes!!!!    

With her usual calm and efficient manner, Margaret Taylor 
arranged and organized the party at The Follies' favorite,
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.
  
Always with Children-in-Need in mind, the membership 
donated diapers and clothing to their two current charities, 
Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Family 
Central.  This imposing "Diaper Fund" drive was again 
tackled by Beverly and Jim Blatchley with help from Lois 
and Harvey Ginsburg, who all continually handle the job 
smoothly and effectively.

Standing behind the huge basket of fruit annually donated 
by "The Boys" grocery store in Delray Beach are our 
Greeters dressed in Dreidel and Santa costumes.  Rita 
Rhodes won this door prize and presented it to CDTC.  The
50/50 Raffle was won by J.D. Herlache who split the $115 
and donated it to CDTC and Family Central.

Now that the festivities are over, The Follies troupe will be
hard at work rehearsing for their shows: 
                      "2016: A BRAND NEW DAY!"  
See dates and ticket info on our website's Schedule page.

And don't forget to check us out on Facebook and YouTube!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

INVITATION TO FOLLIES HOLIDAY PARTY!

CrisSeber,JoanieHelgesen,BevBlatchley,CathyDooley,LoisGinsburg,RonaRod
Never let it be known that being in The Follies is all work
and no play! They like nothing better than throwing a party!   
And YOU are invited!

When:  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 - 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM
Where:  LIGHTHOUSE POINT YACHT CLUB    (954-942-7244)
                 2701 NE 42nd St, Lighthouse Point, FL   33064
                                          $30.00 per person
 (Make out check to "The Original Florida Follies - Holiday Party)
                        Mail in  BEFORE NOV 27,2015)  to:
                  "The Original Florida Follies - Holiday Party"
              6285 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33067

                                               Featuring:  
A NEW & EXCITING DJ for Music & Dancing, 50/50 Raffle,
  Lighthouse Point's Popular Brunch/Buffet, Cash Bar, Coffee, Tea

Besides enjoying good food and dancing, The Follies always has in
mind that some children in South Florida do not get to enjoy the
minimums in life that we take for granted.  Therefore, at this
Holiday Party - as in other years - we will be collecting donations of
DIAPERS and CHILDREN'S CLOTHING.  You may bring these to
the party, or if you wish to make a money donation and allow a
Follies member to make the purchase, please write out a check to
                      "The Original Florida Follies - Diaper Fund"
                            Mail in  BEFORE  NOV 20, 2015  to:
                      "The Original Florida Follies - Diaper Fund"
                   6285 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 3306
                            
                 COME DRESSED IN YOUR HOLIDAY FINERY 
                      AND WEAR YOUR DANCING SHOES!

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!
                         (or see Blog below)

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!