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Bulletin, Recorcl, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1B Peaceniks and flower children rock out in The Age of Aquarius. Sexy and sultry dancers show plenty of skin in this Middle- Eastern revue. What do aerobics, cooking, ice cream sundaes, high-heeled spangled blondes and cross-dressing maids have in common? The Quincy Star Follies! Superheroes meet disco queens in this photo from last year's Star Follies. Clockwise from back right: Follies producer Lisa Kelly, Kenny "Captain America" Lutz, Parker "Batman" Carey, Johanna "Catwoman" Oliver, Amy Carey and Follies planning committee members Sara Frigo and Kris Miravalle. Kids in grades four and up perform in last year, s Follies. Entire families take to the stage in this unforgettable amazing event that sold out every one of its four shows last year. .ar mus Laura Beaton Staff Writer !beat n@P/umasnews.com t's springtime, and the air is alive with the barely restrained energy of 120 churning, yearning performers chomping at the bit to strut their stuff. The fourth annual Quincy Star Follies will take place May 16 and 17 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. ,Tickets go on sale April 15 and you better get yours fast because all four of its shows last year sold out. The performance is guaranteed to make you move your body to the infectious beat of music running the gamut from rock 'n' roll to torch songs, blues, rap, country, show tunes and more. You'll see your friends and neighbors shake, shimmy and groove while lip-syncing their hearts out in this intricately choreographed variety show under the big stage spotlight. Your face will hurt from laughing and smiling throughout the fast-paced show. Lisa Kelly, chairwoman of Feather River College Foundation's fundraising Committee, deserves the credit for bringing the Follies to Quincy four years ago. Kelly was introduced to the Follies in 2000, when she moved to Incline Village, Nev and joined the cast there. She performed for three years before moving up to Piumas. In 2010, Kelly convinced Follies director andchoreographer Don Hertel to direct the show in Quincy. Hertel works full time at the San Diego Convention Center, but because he loves the show so much, he flies up to Quincy and volunteers his time, expertise and amazing artistic talents to produce the biggest fundraising event of the year for the foundation. Last year the foundation reaped more than $10,000 from the Follies. The money is used for scholarships, community host programs and other valuable services. Kelly says many of the ~: i:~:-:i i : Last year's entire cast gathers outside Serpilio Hall at the county fairgrounds before performing in the third annual Quincy Star Follies. t Leah West, born to the stage, belts out a tune while her more Frank "Twisted Sister" Carey commands the stage in a rendition staid companions look on. of "We're Not Gonna Take It." "?'be show promises to be amazing, entertaining, funny and maybe even a little shocking!" Lisa Kelly, Star Follies Organizer performers have had no stage experience at all. "We are not perfect," Kelly says. "We are not formally trained, and though some of our cast members are really talented, some admittedly have two left feet. The requirement is a sense of humor!" Hertel isn't the only one who commits to the Follies as a labor of love. Kelly devotes innumerable hours to recruiting cast members, working with Hertel to select songs, assign cast members to group numbers and produce the show. But she doesn't do it alone. Kelly is joined by what she calls a stellar planning committee. Kris Miravalle, Nancy Gambell, Lauren Pearson, Sara Frigo, Frank Carey and Sheila Vargas pitch in to produce the ever more popular show. Kelly said this year she had the most requests ever from adults and kids to perform. "Students are the highlight of the show in my eyes," Kelly said. "From fourth-grade to college age -- they tend to get the most applause, the most laughs and are really fun to work with. "This is also a great opportunity for the college students from other states and countries to interact intensely with our community." In addition to the all-cast choreographed pieces by Hertel and Kelly, many talented local residents have stepped up to choreograph special numbers. "The show promises to be amazing, entertaining, funny and maybe even a little shocking!" Kelly declared. Visit quincystarfollies.com to view photos from past shows, or call Kelly at her restaurant, Moon's, at 283-9900. Come April 15, tickets may be purchased at Carey Candy Co Bank of America and at the door -- if there are any left!