'Under the Rimrock Bigtop'
An old-fashioned circus celebration will feature 30 local acts during the 2019 Prineville Follies, "Under the Rimrock Bigtop," this Friday and Saturday evening.
"The talent is always incredible," said ringmaster Renee Moss. "You are going to see old favorites as well as quite few new acts."
Prineville Music and Theater Boosters puts on the community talent show each year to raise funds for scholarships and to promote music and theater in Prineville.
"We have 30 acts, including the preshow entertainment. Mostly musical, some vocal, some instrumental, but a few surprises being thrown in," Moss said, adding that there are close to 70 performers. "Our youngest performer is 10 this year with our oldest in his 80s."
Commons area entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at Crook County High School. The "Under the Rimrock Bigtop" show starts at 7 p.m. in the Southwell Auditorium.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students or $20 for a family. Advance tickets are available at Prineville Men's Wear and Coldwell Banker Sun Country Realty.
The Boosters chose the old-fashioned circus theme for this year's Follies.
"I think everybody was just so excited about the fervor that 'The Greatest Showman' had," Moss said about the 2017 movie that celebrates early show business. "It was kind of a fun take on a variety show."
The decorations will be the most noticeable way organizers will bring in the circus theme.
"Our side show will be a fun twist that we have never tried before with puppetry," Moss said. "We have a few surprises that will be thrown in."
Moss said there are a few standout performances who will take to the ring.
"I really am excited for Kristy Kinsey. She has an amazing voice, and we have a couple of Follies favorites, Jason Jones and Sarah Ebey, in a very fun dance number," she said. "We are also excited to hear Follies founder Marv Cochran along with a couple of performers that sang in the Follies back in the beginning days when it was held at the old Ochoco Grade School gym."
The Moss Brothers, a local country band, will perform as will dancers, pianists and school choirs.
A team of about 40 plus volunteers has come together to make the show happen, from the planning to the stage crew.
In addition to the evening performance, organizers have planned silent and live auctions to benefit the Boosters.
Circus attendees can bid on a scenic flight for two, a custom Pendleton purse, a themed quilt, and even an electric guitar that was made by students in the manufacturing program at CCHS.
Businesses may purchase digital ads that will be shown before the Follies performances and before high school drama, band and choir events throughout the year.
Proceeds from the Follies will fund the Lacey Barnhouse Memorial Scholarship, the Gary Stevenson Band Scholarship, the Marv Cochran Scholarship, and a drama scholarship. The auction proceeds and the digital ad campaign help fund supplies and activities for members of the school choir, band and drama programs.
The circus performers and team of directors encourage the community to come see "Under the Rimrock Bigtop."
"The most important reason is to bring the community together with an amazing tradition that is here to support the performing arts in Crook County," Moss said.
"Under the Rimrock Bigtop"
Date: Commons entertainment begins at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9
Place: Crook County High School, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd.
Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students or $20 for a family
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Prineville Men's Wear and Coldwell Banker Sun Country Realty