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Sold-out Follies

Brooskby’s variety show a light-hearted mix of songs, skits, and comedy

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January 5th, 2018
The cast of the 2017 Brooksby Follies performed three sold-out shows at the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

The cast of the 2017 Brooksby Follies performed three sold-out shows at the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

 

From the first chords of “This Land is Your Land” to the rousing finale of “Anchors Away” performed by the Senior Moments tap group, the 2017 Brooksby Follies provided a toe-tapping good time for its three sold-out performances.

The variety show at the Peabody, Mass., community takes place every few years under the direction of resident Joanne Averay.

“Follies is a lot of color, music, and fun,” says Joanne. “It’s not opera, a concert, or a theater production. We have skits, songs, and movement. Every Follies is different from previous years, so it’s a new show every time we put it on.”

Fellow resident Hal Fohlin is one of the Follies’ longest-running comedy acts. For the 2017 Follies, Hal appeared in a pig-farmer’s costume.

“I’m a bit of a ham,” he says. “So the costume worked.”

Dedicated volunteers

Joanne says the show would not be possible without the dedication of her backstage volunteers.

“This year, we had 60 people who worked behind-the-scenes to make the Follies happen,” says Joanne. “We couldn’t put on the show without the dedication of every single person.”

Proceeds from the Follies ticket sales benefit the Brooskby Village Staff Appreciation Fund. 

“I’ve loved putting on shows ever since I was five or six,” says Joanne. “It’s fun to see it all come to life on the stage.”

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