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Prineville Follies tryouts will be held this Wednesday and Thursday to determine who performs

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Mattie Gaynor and her trained pig perform at last year's Prineville Follies. This year's event, which is scheduled for March 6 and 7, will have a Western theme.

The 42nd Prineville Follies will present an evening filled with tunes, tails and happy trails with the Western theme, "Sagebrush, Saddles and Spurs."

"We've never done a Western theme before," said Renee Moss, who serves as the point of contact for the show.

Prineville Follies' crew is made up of a core group of 20 people who work on the show, which has 20 to 30 performances. The show is put on by community members and students. Anita Hoffman and her drama students provide lights, staging and grips.

"We depend a lot on those students," Moss said.

She explained that there is a storyline on the side, playing throughout the acts.

"Once we see the auditions, that kind of helps us know what we have got to work with because it's still based around the actual acts that are auditioning," Moss said.

The auditions will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Crook County High School auditorium. Those who want to try out can walk in or call ahead and will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis.

"I would love to see whoever wants to come and try out," said Moss. "If they need some ideas as far as backup, accompanist, how to find a karaoke track or things like that, they are welcome to call me."

She stressed that the biggest thing is to try out; the crew likes to get as many people involved in the Follies as possible. Some examples of potential act dance acts, cowboy poetry, short comedy skits, solos and group music numbers.

"Any type of variety show act," Moss said. "Come and audition — you never know."

Moss added that the acts should be three to five minutes each.

"It's a very moving project with lots of moving pieces, and we just try to keep it fluid so that we allow for whatever and the best show possible in the time frame that we have. And we are open to lots of ideas and suggestions."

Most years, Prineville Follies has 20 to 30 acts, and the show usually runs about two and a half to three hours with a live auction in the middle of the show.

The money raised through ticket sales goes toward four scholarships, including the Lacey Barnhouse Choir Scholarship, Gary Stephenson Band Scholarship, Marv Cochran Follie Scholarship and Richard Burger Scholarship Drama Scholarship.

She added that funds raised from the auction also go to specific needs within the schools, such as choir trips.

"All of this is going to the schools or to the students in some form or another," she said.

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The Prineville Follies tryouts will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Crook County High School Eugene Southwell Auditorium from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information on Prineville Follies or tryouts, call Renee Moss at 541-447-6024.

The Prineville Follies Show will be Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2020.

The performances begin at 7 p.m. at 1100 SE Lynn Blvd., CCHS Eugene Southwell Auditorium.

The silent auction, raffle and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. in the CCHS Commons.

Tickets are: Adults — $8; Students — $5; Family (immediate family only) — $20.

The tickets are available at Prineville Men's Wear, Posie Shoppe, Coldwell Banker, Sun Country Realty, Foundry Four and Hometown Animal Hospital.


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