By buying just one ticket to Friday's "Majestic Follies," community members can sample most of the entertainment the Majestic Theatre offers in a full season.

The year-end fundraiser returns with an emphasis on showcasing a bit of everything in one evening, says Jimbo Ivy, theater supervisor and master of ceremonies.

"This year we have a greater degree of variety; items from our dance studios, improv folks, and more from our traditional plays," Ivy said.

The event will feature reprises from popular productions from this past season. Cast members from "The Full Monty" will perform a medley. Tracy Webber, who portrayed Eva Perón in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita," returns to sing a song from the spring musical. A scene from Terry Pratchett's "Mort," directed by John Carone, will also be performed.

The "Follies" also will give audience members a preview of new fall productions, including the comedy "His Girl Friday," by director Sarah Sullivan, and songs from the November musical "The Little Mermaid," directed by Tim John Kelley II.

The Willamette Apprentice Ballet and East Dream Chinese Dance Group will offer dance performances.

"We'll also have songs from volunteers, an original monologue, and Improv at the Majestic will be up to its usual hilarious shenanigans," Ivy said.

In addition to the entertainment, the fundraiser features a bake sale and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses.

The auction also features items from volunteers.

These include the opportunity to go on a sailing trip with musical director Jim Martinez, a photo shoot from local photographer Scobel Wiggins, a seven-course dinner party with wine pairings by "Evita" director Mary Jeanne Reynales, and one day of carpenter's labor and $100 worth of material (a $600 value) courtesy of The Village Builder.

"All that and more will be up for grabs, and it all goes to close the $15,000 gap remaining to get us to our annual fundraising goal of $75,000," Ivy said.

The "Majestic Follies" is also a celebration of its volunteers, who mean everything to the theater, Ivy said.

"We have a small staff that supported the more than 68,000 hours of volunteer effort last year," Ivy said. "They (volunteers) give up their evenings and weekends, time spent with their family, to enrich our community with their passions."

Many patrons come to the Majestic to see one or two of their favorite programs a year, Ivy said. The "Follies" gives them to peek at all the programs they could be watching in one night.

"This fundraiser is a chance for them to see all of the amazing things that their ticket sales, donations, and volunteerism supports at the Majestic," he said.


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