The theme for the 32nd Mid-Columbia Lions Follies was sparked by the unfortunate flooding of the Hood River Middle School Auditorium in winter 2007.
Due to this, many performance events in Hood River had to find other space -- the Lions Follies included. Word quickly spread about the saturation of the building from the water and how much work would need to be done for the renovation. Lions followed the progress with great interest. The follies realized that coming back to this wonderful space would be like "Singing in the Rain."
This year's show was planned with the theme of celebrating the auditorium by decades. The show writers considered what could have occurred in the auditorium or the community and wrote a scene around that event. Of course, the usual comedy and singing had to be added. Consequently, the 2008 show is a historic look at our community as told through the decades.
The show starts in current time, then goes back to 1927 when the auditorium was opened. Audiences should listen closely for familiar names. As performers go through the 1930s and 1940s, one can see a radio show and a town hall meeting. For the 1950s and 1980s, performers chose to do a dance theme.
Follies members brought in their children and their friends to help out. The Follies also recognize the final high school graduating class in 1970 in a special scene that features Mike Oates as Principal Chuck Bowe and Caryn Chilton as teacher Miss Dotson.
Rounding out the show are spoofs of two popular events that should have come to Hood River, or maybe they will. There is an American Idol tryout scene and a 2008 Democratic Presidential Debate scene.
The show has something for everyone -- young and old. Performers ages are from 2 and up. Music ranges from flapper to Disco, from Broadway to Pop, from standard to Rock n Roll.
Shows will be held April 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.
Proceeds go to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.