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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Last Chance to Rope "Will Rogers"

Today is your last chance to catch Will Rogers Follies - the final show starts at 2 p.m. at the old Huntington High School at 900 8th Street.

The show chronicles the life of Will Rogers. The Will Rogers Follies opened on Broadway at the Palace Theater in 1991 where it ran for 981 performances. After the success of its Broadway run, the show moved onto many national tours.

The talented cast for the ARTS production is led by Bil Neal as Director, Leann Haines as Assistant Director, Produced by Harriett Evans, Choreographer by Kerri Easter-Stambaugh with Musical Direction by Tawny Burdine and Technical Direction from Shane Ross.

The famous role of Will Rogers is held by Stephen Vance. Jane Modlin stars as Betty Blake, with Jim Lamp as Clem Rogers, and Jocelyn Knapp as Zeigfeld's Favorite and in the roles of Rogers and Blakes’ children, Sam Smith as Will Jr., Hunter Easter as Freddy, Jacob Welch as James, and Shelby Easter as Mary.

The talented supporting cast includes Justin Carlson, Tom Ross, Jacob Benson, Remington McClure, Tera Grasser, Cindy Stowers, Andrea Runge, Abby Willis, Natasja VanDijk, Laura Ptakowski, Jillian Clark, Jordan Clark and Jon Lamp as Wiley Post.

The Will Rogers Follies is staged at the ARTS Renaissance Theater and is located at 900 8th St., formerly the old Huntington High School. Tickets are available by calling 304-733-ARTS (2787).

Ticket prices are $15 for adults. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, will enjoy the show free of charge. For more information regarding the 2010 season line-up and ticketing, please visit the ARTS website at www.733arts.org.


Bil Neal said...

Chuck I can't thank you enough for all the support we've had from you during the Will Rogers Follies project. Having you and the Mrs. in our audience today was such a personal pleasure. Thanks so much.

Chuck Minsker said...

Bil, I'm always glad to help by spreading the word about the show. I had a great time at the show on Sunday - you should be (and must be) very proud of your cast and crew - they were amazing! Outstanding work by one and all. I know how much work it takes to bring a show like this to the stage, so let me just say congratulations again, and I can't wait to see your next show!