Upcoming Events

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Food For Thought with Chuck Collins

Enjoy supper and an enlightening presentation from author Chuck Collins!

We are living in a period of extreme wealth inequality. What are the rules and narratives that hold inequality in place?

What can we do individually and as a community to reverse inequality?

Chuck Collins is director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of “Born on Third Base” and “Is Inequality In America Reversible?”

Childcare can be arranged by emailing Melissa Hawkins at childcare@follen.org with notice no later than Monday, January 14

Raising White Kids Workshop

Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children

Thursday January 24, 7-9pm
Social Hall, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St., Lexington

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers guidance and strategies for navigating our racially divided world with white children. This workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas, followed by smaller group practice sessions. Reading the book ahead of time is helpful but not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary: FRR@follen.org. Sponsored by Follen Responds to Racism and Temple Isaiah.

FUUY Coffee House



Feeling bummed that the Holiday festivities are over and looking for a little fun and excitement while also supporting a great cause? Well then have we got the event for you and your family. (Children ages 10+ will enjoy this Coffee House, and are heartily welcome to attend)


The Follen UU Youth (FUUY) are inviting you and your family to their annual Coffee House fundraiser to raise money for their April service learning trip to New Orleans! This year FUUY youth are helping to organize their trip and have selected the local Non-Profit Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) as their partner service organization to engage with service work that includes local construction projects as well as cultural speakers. The service learning trip is a great opportunity for youth to get outside their daily routine, extend their comfort zone, and put into practice the UU principle of social justice. The youth have chosen to return to New Orleans and continue the work of rebuilding post Katrina, yes, believe it or not there is still much service work to do in this iconic American city, and we cannot make this trip happen without support from community members like you.


Join FUUY for a chance to eat great food, sip delicious coffee/tea, and enjoy their many musical and acting talents while in the company of good friends and supporting a great cause! Tickets will be available for purchase in advance as well as at the door.



When – Friday January 25th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where -First Parish UU Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

What – An Amazing set list comprising musical performances, skits, displays of talents, and Trivia!

Tickets – Adults: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; Children 10+: $5

For advance ordering, go to the online form.


Light refreshments will be available for purchase once inside and served by our friendly youth!


We’ll See you There!”


Iolanthe Audition Information

Audition Information for Iolanthe:

Sunday January 27th from 12:30-4:30pm in the Sanctuary

All roles will be cast gender blind (anyone can audition for any role – parts will be sung in appropriate range of the actor) and based on seniority as well as the following qualities shown in your audition:

  • Preparation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Theatricality
  • Musical confidence
  • Commitment and schedule availability

Everyone who auditions will be cast in the production.

Sign up for a 30 minute audition group online.

To audition, chose a named character and learn the music posted under that character.

You do not need to have your music selection memorized, although it is recommended. A pianist will be accompanying you.

After singing during your audition you will be asked to read a portion of dialogue of your choice opposite the directors.

The character you read as may not be the same character you sang as or are auditioning for.

Dialogue does not need to be memorized.

Each character has

  1. A musical excerpt to sing
  2. An mp3 clip of the musical excerpt to help you learn it
  3. Your choice of spoken dialogue to read. The character you read for can absolutely differ from the character you sing as. Choose one or more of the following:

Reading 1 (read as the Fairy Queen- page 21 of the Schirmer score)

Reading 2 (read as Strephon- page 31 of the Schirmer score)

Reading 3 (read as Tolloller- page 161 of the Schirmer score)

Reading 4 (read as Phyllis- page 188 of the Schirmer score)


Audition Form:

You may print and  fill out your audition form ahead of time and bring it with you to your audition, or fill out an audition form at your audition on January 27th where there will be printed forms available. Be sure to mark any rehearsal days you are not able to attend.



Here’s a link to Character descriptions and ranges:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qbqS3z4ok0QyjuBvpcsB2tZ3crIm5rxR8wJtGq7mS6Y/edit?usp=sharing


Named Roles for which to Audition

Choose one character and click the links below each character to learn all the materials necessary to audition.


Phyllis (vocal range: A3 – A5)

Phyllis is a shepherdess who, when she is of age, will come into a lot of money which is currently being managed by the Lord Chancellor, her guardian. She is engaged to Strephon despite the lack of her guardian’s permission. She is a head strong young woman, prone to jealousy and spite.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 5 “None shall part us”

Whole song on Phyllis’ line (V. 1 and the top line at “B”)

Listen to “None shall part us”

audition portion is 0:00-1:16

Celia (B3- G5)

Celia is a light hearted fairy who is very good friends with Iolanthe. She is a fairy without many cares, except when it comes to love and friendship, where she is loyal to a fault.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 1 “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

Sing from letter “C” through letter “F”

including Celia and Leila’s solo lines

and the chorus part between the solos (upper line or lower)

Listen to “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

audition portion is at 1:58- 3:29


Iolanthe (C4- Cb5)

Iolanthe is a meek and caring fairy. Despite her youthful face she is very motherly. She has experienced more hardship than the rest of the fairies and it gives her a depth of character- a lack of lightness that perhaps the other fairies maintain. The other fairies are fascinated by her “down to earth” nature and she watches over all of them.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 23 “My Lord, a suppliant at your feet I kneel”

Listen to the first page “My lord…”

Listen to the last two pages “He loves…”


Leila (C4- E5)

Leila is a fairy obsessed with romance novels. She is a book worm and a hypochondriac. Romance and literature are her favorite things and if she cannot be Queen of the Fairies then she will at least be the Queen of Drama.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 1 “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

Sing from letter “C” through letter “F”

including Celia and Leila’s solo lines

and the chorus part between the solos (upper line or lower)

Listen to “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

audition portion is at 1:58- 3:29


Fairy Queen (G3- Eb5)

The Fairy Queen is a noble and commanding presence. Although she is just as much a romantic and flighty as the other fairies, she is older and always thinks she knows best. The other fairies follow her unquestioningly. She is motherly but without the experience of hardship that Iolanthe has to ground her.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 18 “Oh, foolish fay”

Verse 2 only

Listen to “Oh foolish fay”

audition portion is 1:42-end

Lord Tolloller (D3- A4)

Tolloller is young, rich and fully believes this makes him worthy of every advantage in life. He is very good friends with Mountararat and wants to marry Phyllis only because everyone else does. He is a peer for a similar reason- he floats through life on a cloud of entitlement and is only too happy to end up a fairy in the end, a creature that also floats through life.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 10 “Spurn not the nobly born”

sing until the double bar line on the second page

Listen to “Spurn not the nobly born”

audition portion is 0:00-0:44


Strephon (G2-G4)

Strephon works for a living as a shepherd and loves what he does while living with a secret that he is half fairy. Described as an Arcadian Shepherd, Strephon lives a pretty charmed life and it is a blow to his idyllic existence that Phyllis would leave him.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 5 “None shall part us”

Whole song on Strephon’s line (V. 2 & the lower line at “B”)

Listen to “None shall part us”

audition portion is 1:16-end


Mountararat (A2- E4)

Mountararat, good friend of the young upstart Tolloller, is perhaps even more entitled than his friend. He is older and thinks that people should accept their station in life along with his, which is to be in charge despite his lack of seeming intelligence or worthiness. He is interested in Phylis because he thinks her money will even further secure his high station.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 16 “When Britain really ruled the waves”

sing only verses 1 & 2

Listen to “When Britain really ruled…”

audition portion is 0:00-1:45

Chancellor (G2- E4)

The Lord High Chancellor is large and in charge! He basically creates and upholds the laws, which means he does what he wants and he is smart enough that he can always find a way to justify his actions in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of his fellow peers.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 12 “When I went to the Bar as a very young man”

sing only verses 1 & 2

Listen to “When I went to the Bar…”

audition portion is 0:00- 0:53


Willis (Ab2 – D4)

Private Willis is a good and honest guard of the palace. He is possibly the least silly character in the whole show, doing his duty without seeking loopholes or alternative rules by which to live. He is simple and privy to everyone’s secrets although he remains loyal to his post only and falls prey to no one’s tricks or vices.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 14 “When all night long a chap remains”

sing only verse 1

Listen to “When all night long…”

audition portion is 0:00- 2:30


Fleta (no current solo lines)

Fleta is the youngest member of the Fairy crew. She aspires to be just like Celia and Leila and pays very close attention to both of them. She is a dear hearted and very innocent little fairy who just wants everyone to be happy.

Musical Excerpt

from No. 1 “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

Sing from letter “C” through letter “F”

including Celia and Leila’s solo lines

and the chorus part between the solos (upper line or lower)

Listen to “Tripping hither, tripping thither”

audition portion is at 1:58- 3:29


Vocal ranges notated from http://www.arjentium.com/index.php?pg=gs_ranges_iolanthe

Follen After Dark: Story Slam to Support UU Mass Action

Looking for a good time? The Story Slam is UU Mass Action’s annual fundraising event – come for a night of fun and support UU justice building in Massachusetts at the same time!

This is an evening not to be missed! Come hear six all-star storytellers (like “The Moth”) with voting on the best story. This year’s theme is: Say Yes to Love! And . . . our own Claire Feingold Thoryn is one of the storytellers! The event is on Saturday, February 9 from 7-9 at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton. The tickets are $25. We would like this to be an offsite community building event for Follenites.

We will arrange carpooling and cover the cost of the ticket for those who request it. Any additional donations (please send to Sarah) will go to pay for the ticket of a fellow Follenite that expresses the need and any remainder will go to UU Mass Action. There are tables of eight and we hope you will sit with your longtime friends but also mix it up and make some new connections from Follen.

The catch is tickets are limited and sell out quickly so we need to act fast. Purchase tickets at uumassaction.org. Please contact Karen Gray Carruthers at follenafterdark@follen.org once you purchase a ticket so we can reserve Follen tables or if you would be interested in financial assistance.

Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!


All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!


The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!


Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet


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Join Our Choirs!

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Sacred Heart Lower Level, with September 9 as our first Sunday singing. New members are still welcome!

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, both starting on Monday September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, Iolanthe, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to participate in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – .

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!

Adult Choir Calendar 2018-19

Children’s and Youth Choir Calendar 2018-19

Need to Schedule a Meeting?

Follen has the use of meeting rooms at the Sacred Heart Parish Center Mondays through Thursdays and the Waldorf School on Sundays, in addition to one meeting room in the Marshman Center every day.


Meeting and event leaders should contact Sarah Garner, Church Administrator, to reserve space at Sacred Heart or Waldorf: sarah.garner@follen.org or 781-862-3805 ext 1005 (note new ext). Sarah will email instructions for access to each location after a reservation is on the calendar. Please be aware that space is limited and we have an obligation to follow each organization’s rules, so any groups who have an option to meet in someone’s home should try to do so.


Audio/visual equipment is not available at either Sacred Heart or Waldorf, and Sacred Heart will not have wifi. If you have A/V needs, Jimmy McFeeley might be able to take Follen’s portable equipment to your meeting location with sufficient advance notice.