Once during every performance season, the Gold Fever Follies players get an opportunity to let loose with a self-directed, free-spirited night of talent and tomfoolery, and Sunday’s performance did not disappoint. The energy of the cast was contagious; their mirth and enthusiasm couldn’t help but spill over into the audience.
The first half of the show was a cabaret-style event during which the players had an opportunity to display a variety of talents otherwise not seen during the Follies regular performances. A general theme of love and heartbreak wove its way through the acts, which ranged from hilarious odes to titillating theatrics, and then, more seriously, from classical dance to smooth ballads. Whatever the fare, the crowd was clearly entertained, encouraging the performers with whoops and catcalls throughout.
For the second portion, the actors put a spin on the regular Follies show “The Race, the Voice and the Gentlewomen”, taking liberties with the plot as well as swapping roles with their counterparts. Naturally, this led to women sporting moustaches and men in ill-fitting dresses, not to mention some sporting over-acting. On several occasions, Carly June Friesen, after giving the piano her best effort, cast pleading eyes over to the regular accompaniment man, Harris Anderson, who would abandon his scene to rescue the score.
Judging by the numbers filling the Miners’ Hall, and by the audience’s pleased reaction, there can be no doubt that Naughty Knickers Night is becoming a tradition of the Gold Fever Follies that will continue on season after season.
The regular show continues through to August 27, with shows running Tuesday through Saturday at 3 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door (1765 Columbia Ave): $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children under 12.