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Fred Lynch

More Kiwanis Fabulous Follies

Posted Friday, April 23, 2010, at 7:30 AM

G.D. Fronabarger took this picture for the final Kiwanis Club Fabulous Follies which was presented at the old Central High School auditorium and published in the Southeast Missourian with a story on March 29, 1963:

This tropical dance number, to be presented at tonight's and Saturday night's Kiwanis Fabulous Follies, is appropriately entitled "Heat Wave." The dancers in this chorus line are Mrs. Barry Davis, Miss Rae Domex, Miss Sandy Brockmire and Miss Carolyn Koelzer.

This year's production of the Kiwanis Club's Fabulous Follies, entitled "All About Love," will feature a wide range of costuming, songs, dances and rapid action at 8 tonight and Saturday night at the Central High School auditorium.

Staged in two acts, with love as the theme, the cast of 65 local men and women who have rehearsed for three weeks under direction of Gary Randolph of New York, will present the amorous and, at times, hilarious versions of the sentiment that touches everyone.

There's "Love as a Simple Thing" for an opening number. Then, unfolded in ways to captivate audiences in two hours of real entertainment, are "Love in Dogpatch," "Love on the Left Bank," "Love in the Cinema," "Love in the Casbah," "Love of Adventure," "Love in the Jungle," "Love for Sale," "Love in the Tropics," "Love in Brooklyn," and the colorful numbers of a carousel, including equestrians, grooms, horses and show girls.

The production winds up with a kiss polka and a "We Love France," and "The Entertainers," involving fast-moving stage action. Altogether the presentation includes a number of amusing skits, including the antics of Danny and Fanny Cupid, played by "Adam" and "Eve."

Editor's Note:

The Kiwanis Club Fabulous Follies was presented at Academic Hall auditorium in 1961 and 1962. Prior to the Kiwanis Club's show, a long-running variety show was put on by the Benton-Clio Literacy Society at Teachers College.

This link gives a history of follies productions in Cape Girardeau.


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  • I don't recall ever shooting the Follies (I think Frony enjoyed snagging that assignment), but I DID run across photos from the 1964 and 1965 Central High School Red Dagger plays.


    You won't have any trouble recognizing many of these folks.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Apr 23, 2010, at 8:08 PM