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Natrona County High School students and staff shined in recent productions of Follies Lives! Written, choreographed, and produced by the students, Follies is a long-standing tradition at NCHS.
Follies at NCHS began in 1925 and in that time numerous student, alum, and community productions have graced the stage. The show paid homage to the long-standing tradition, “Junior Follies”, at NCHS. Traditionally, funding from “Junior Follies” was used to fund the prom. However, with the upcoming renovations to the John F. Welsh auditorium it was decided that reviving “Follies” would be an outstanding, and very fitting, way to raise funds for the restoration while paying tribune to Mr. Welsh and an event he held in such high regard.
“We are so fortunate to be getting a newly renovated auditorium that will keep the beautiful details of the historic space but will also get state of the art acoustic, lighting, and sound equipment, a new fly system with more scenic possibilities, and a drama classroom that will double as a blackbox theatre. With the generosity of the community, we will also be able to have a much-needed orchestra pit lift and the final touches to make this theatre, the John F. Welsh auditorium, a professional-grade home to not only our productions and concerts, but also the many community groups like the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Artcore.” Zach Schneider, NCHS Drama & Theatre Teacher
All funds from the production, totaling almost $10,000, will assist in renovations to the 90-year-old building which will retain most of it’s historical look while updating it to a state of the art theatre.
Congratulations to all the NCHS students, staff and community members who made “Follies Lives!” such an amazing production!
Check out some photos from the event and past Follies production below: