Less than one month from the first reported case of COVID-19 in Crook County, a large serpentine of eager Crook County residents waited in line at the CCHS auditorium for the annual Prineville Follies.
With such a tumultuous year, Prineville fans of the Follies feared that it would be another victim of the canceled events due to the pandemic. However, in Crook County fashion, the program coordinators found a way to bring the beloved show back again this year.
"I think it's really important that we keep some semblance of this event, because its cultural and a way to gather our community together," commented program coordinator Renee Moss. "That's kind of what the Follies has been and been such an important part of it."
"We definitely wanted to keep that aspect, so everybody has something to look forward to and still be able to see some of our favorite faces and maybe some new faces—and maybe even be able to share some memories too."
The Follies will resume this year—although in a modified version. Auditions will take place Jan. 20 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nazarene Church. Those auditioning should call or text Moss to reserve a time slot. She indicated that for those who wish to do a virtual audition, they can send in a video.
"If they want to send in a virtual, they can email it to me, Facebook messenger it to me, they can text it. I just want them to make contact with me, so I know it's coming," indicated Moss. "For those who want to do live, we will have the ability for them to do to be able to do so. Some of our judges will be live, and we will have some in virtual as well, so it's going to be kind of a combination."
In past years, the Prineville Follies' crew was made up of a core group of 20 people who worked on the show, which usually has 20 to 30 performances. The show is put on by community members and students. Most years, the show would usually run 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 Follies Scholarship and Richard Burger Scholarship Drama Scholarship.
The plan is to put together a recorded version of the performances. It will include a compilation of memories and highlights of previous Follies.
"It will be broadcasted as just one show on March 5 at 7 p.m."
The broadcast will be set up on Facebook, although they are working on other social media platforms. Viewers can look for it under Prineville Follies 2021.
In addition to the performances, a modified version of the auction portion of the Follies will also take place. Virtual auction items will be posted the beginning of February on the same Facebook page as the Prineville Follies 2021. Interested viewers can bid on the items, and the bidding will stop a few days before the March 5 broadcast.
"We will have a tape of who won the items, so they will also be able to watch that."
There will be some memoirs of previous shows and other tidbits on the Facebook page throughout the month of February.
Prineville Follies auditions: Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nazarene Church. Please contact Renee Moss for a timeslot, regardless of whether interested in virtual or live auditions.
Contact: Renee Moss, 541-447-6024
Auction items will begin Feb. 1 on the Prineville Follies 2021 Facebook page
The Prineville Follies will be broadcast on the Facebook page Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
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