Cross-dressing barmaids, journalists corrupted by high rollin’ tycoons, and slow motion bar fights came together for what longtime patrons have called the “best ever” Gold Fever Follies production in its 25-year history.
Professional multipart harmonies, live honky tonk on the ivories by Harris “Irvin” Anderson, high kickin’ cancans and other standard fare had the audience hollering for the annual musical review of the Golden City’s gold rush.
The Race, The Voice, and The Gentlewoman is Brian Turner’s fifth original script for the Follies.
It was directed by Iron Mountain Theatre’s (IMT) spectacularly talented R.J. Peters and produced by Follies founder Ray Furlotte.
The casting by Lisa Henderson brings together solid talent and energy, including several graduates of Victoria’s Canadian College of Performing Arts, the same school that spawned the IMT phenomenon.
Stage manager and music director Matthew Johnson — a.k.a. Jack, the indefatigable reporter for the Rossland Miner — said the runs have “just been getting stronger and stronger, R.J.’s really keeping us on track. We’re a good group, we work well together.”
Turner has developed a reputation for spicy shows that stick to historical facts, combining education with good old fashioned entertainment.
Shows run ten times each week at the Miners’ Hall through July and August — every Tuesday to Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — and tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, and free for children under five.
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