Incredible local talent interspersed with some humorous redneck wisdom should make for a great show during the Prineville Follies 2017 next Friday and Saturday nights.
"This is a great Prineville tradition, but it is honestly the best entertainment show that Prineville has to offer all year," exclaimed Follies co-director Renee Moss. "Our youngest performer is 4 years old, and our oldest is in his 70s. It's the full gamut. It's just so fun to see what Prineville has to offer."
The Follies show, with the theme "Just a Bit of Redneck Wisdom with Duct Tape," is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at the Crook County High School Southwell Auditorium. The silent auction, raffle and live entertainment begin at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7. The two shows will be identical.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $20 for families and are sold at Square Dot Saddlery, Prineville Men's Wear, Bonnie's Hair with Heart, and at the door.
"I am a big fan of 'The Red Green Show,' and we got a lot of ideas that were based on his words and wisdom," Moss explained of this year's redneck theme. "It's that handyman, duct tape secret weapon, outdoorsy kinda idea. They call him the 'Home Improvement' guy of Canada, so it's a lot of stuff geared towards that type of philosophy. That's what it is — redneck wisdom."
The theme will run through the olios, or "fillers" in the show.
"That's always on the sideline of the show, so in between acts, that theme will be playing out," Moss explained. "Some of the acts kind of gear towards it, too, but most of it is with the olios, with the side show."
The Follies will feature 26 acts with approximately 120 performers. Under the direction of Moss and Heather Fraser, an additional 40 community volunteers and students from the CCHS Drama Department and leadership class also pitch in to help put on the show.
Acts range from tap dancing and comedy to soloists and choirs.
"We're going to have many favorites of the Follies, but then we've also got a lot of new acts that are young performers," Moss pointed out.
Molly Gaynor, the 11-year-old Powell Butte student who sang the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in December, will perform.
"You get to actually hear her sing something else as well," Moss laughed. "She's going to sing the National Anthem for us, but she's also actually an act in the show, too."
And, there's one who Moss is especially excited about — Jerry Kilgore, a Nashville Recording Artist who grew up in Tillamook, made it to the big stage, and now calls Prineville home.
His debut record, "Love Trip," was released in 1999 on Virgin records. Kilgore has written songs for Tracy Byrd, John Michael Montgomery and Clay Walker. His career highlights include performing on Grand Ol Opry and performing on a George Strait tour. Kilgore still tours overseas.
"We're so excited to have him in the Follies," Moss exclaimed.
The Prineville Music and Theaters Boosters puts on the annual music and theater show to raise money for scholarships that are awarded to local high school band, choir and drama students. Last year, five CCHS students earned scholarships: Tanner Ackley, Kyle Bates, Sadee Moss, Morgan Westphall and Trinity Churchill-Dicks.
The Follies will fund the Lacey Barnhouse Memorial Scholarship, the Gary Stevenson Band Scholarship, and the Marv Cochran Scholarship.
Aside from ticket sales, proceeds from the auction and raffle will also benefit the scholarship programs. Donations are still being accepted for the auction and raffle, which will take place during the preshow while the CCHS Jazz Choir performs. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The boosters are also selling digital advertisements, which will be shown during school performances. Any extra funds will go toward the purchase of a vibraphone for the CCHS band as well as other items that the performing arts departments may need.
Moss, who also serves as the treasurer of the Prineville Music and Theaters Boosters, is excited to share some redneck wisdom with the community.
"We have so much talent here, it just amazes me, and we get to share that," she said. "It's a great time to just bond with the community."
"Just a Bit of Redneck Wisdom with Duct Tape"
Date: 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25
Location: CCHS Southwell Auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd.
Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students, $20 for families, at Square Dot Saddlery, Prineville Men's Wear, Bonnie's Hair with Heart, and at the door
Donate raffle and auction items: Drop off at Square Dot Saddlery
Information: Renee Moss, 541-447-6024