Our Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta Is Under Way 

And You’re Welcome To Join!

For our June production of Patience (directed by Sara Haugland, with musical preparation by Music Director Vivian Montgomery) all Follen youth are invited to take part as performers, and EVERYONE is invited to be a production volunteer, helping with sets, costumes, technical, publicity, props, kid-wrangling, and miscellany.

To be part of the cast, youth need to join the Children’s Choir (grades 2-5, rehearsing Mondays 4-5pm) or Youth Choir (grades 6-12, rehearsing Monday 5-6pm), starting in early January, and committing to sing in the year’s 4 remaining services, in addition to the operetta itself. Please contact Vivian with questions or interest.

Auditions for lead roles (Grades 8-12) are Sunday February 4, 1-6pm. All who audition will be given a role!

Chorus rehearsals will take place during Monday Children’s Choir and Youth Choir rehearsals from January through April.

An intensive production rehearsal schedule will begin on the afternoon of Saturday, May 5, with the whole cast called on Saturdays and Mondays (including Memorial Day), leads on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, and nightly rehearsal (5-10pm) June 4-6.

Performances are Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 at 8 pm.

Shortly after January 1, you’ll receive an email, or can check the church website, for links to a detailed schedule, online sign-up for auditions, guidelines for audition preparation, along with access to scores and audio tracks for practicing music to sing at your audition.

A mandatory parent meeting, to officially commit, submit CORI forms, and learn about details of the schedule and production, will be held on Sunday January 21 at 10:30am and at 12:30pm.

A call for production volunteers will go out in February, although all parents of cast members will be asked to commit to volunteers roles when committing to the production.

Patience is a playful comedy that pokes fun at the societal fads we all fall sway to at one point or another. If you’ve ever gone for that perm whole hog, or caved to buy your first pair of jeggings, you’ll be able to identify with the maidens of Patience’s world. Similarly, if you’ve stalwartly held onto your bell-bottoms, or insisted that your scrunchie was the
way to go, the dragoon guards will be your pals.

In Patience we learn to laugh at ourselves through the mirror of Gilbert and Sullivan’s characters and to find joy in owning our own likes and dislikes. Set in the late 1800’s, the townspeople and guards swirl around in a tizzy over a ridiculous poet and his fervently unrequited love interest, the simple milkmaid, Patience. All is thrown into chaos when an even more irresistible poet arrives with an entirely different style of verse to offer the love-sick townspeople.

Join us for this fun filled time of song and fellowship this spring!