‘The Follies’ coming back to WRHS stage

Sun News correspondentMay 1, 2013 

Warner Robins High School will be keeping a decade-old tradition alive as the school presents “The Follies.”

Tamara Fisher said that this year’s production of “The Follies,” has more than 100 students involved and 15 different Broadway musicals will be represented. A student-written script ties the songs all together.

“No one is ever turned away,” Fisher said. “We find everyone that wants to participate a place.”

While the show in years past included popular music, Fisher said that her students had made the decision several years back to do all Broadway music.

Elaine Runyon Hardison, who graduated from Warner Robins High School in 1975, participated in “The Follies” and came back during her college years to help with the show.

“It was always a huge deal,” Hardison said. “We would have this extravagant opening number. We would sell out seven nights in a row and then take part of the show down to Jekyll Island for the Civitan convention. “

Hardison remembered that though students worked on the show for months, sometimes in the evenings until 11 p.m. trying to make it as good as possible, that their grades came first.

“No matter what part you had, no matter how many songs you were singing, your grades couldn’t drop,” Hardison said. “During rehearsals, we would sit in the audience and work on our homework when we weren’t on stage.”

“The Follies,” already a tradition at the school when Hardison was a student, was not just an opportunity to shine on stage.

“We made a lot of new friends because we spent so much time together and developed deeper friendship with others. It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun,” Hardison said.

“The Follies” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Performing Arts Center at Warner Robins High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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