The Central Coast Follies Does it Again for Parkinson’s Research


The Central Coast Follies put their toe-tapping, heart singing efforts into their sixth annual spectacular musical review to benefit Parkinson's Disease Research.  “Good Vibrations!!!” was the title for the 2008 production and featured music from the 1950’s and 60’s, the era that is sometimes called “the last age of innocence”.  The cast of 82 performers gave their all dancing and singing to help fund a cure for Parkinson’s.  The cast is supported by other volunteers, including a back stage crew, a production crew led by Bernie Kautz, Producer, and their super-multi-talented Director, Choreographer Jason Sumabat.

Using outstanding volunteer, local talent, ages 5 to 85, the Central Coast Follies  performed to near capacity, enthusiastic audiences during their four days of performances.  That wonderful support from the community also includes The Central Coast Parkinson Support Group, North County Support Group and the Santa Maria Parkinson Support Group.  Also The Santa Barbara Parkinson Support Group 90 miles away, hired a bus for the second year to bring 50 members to support and enjoy the show.

In 2008 the Central Coast Follies were able to donate $30,000 to The Parkinson Alliance for research.  Their donation is always matched by  The Tuchman Foundation so 100% of that donation will be used for research.  In The Follies six years of performing for Parkinson research we have been able to donate $128,000 to The Parkinson Alliance and it has always been matched by The Tuchman Foundation.  The 24 Central Coast Follies dancers are ages 50 and up and start in January working on their routines for their annual first week in October Follies benefit for Parkinson’s.  Open auditions bring in talented singers and children to round up a terrific cast.  

In 2009 The Central Coast Follies show “Love is in the Air” will be love and romance music of all kinds and fun.  The performance and will be October 1, 2, 3, and 4th at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, California.  Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased on line at  from the Clark Theatre starting in September of 2009.  Tax deductible donations can be made to CCPSG---Follies, 271 Tally Ho Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA. 93420 to help the Follies top their 2008 donation and you can be an important part of making a difference in finding a cure for Parkinson.    

Bernie Kautz, Producer
Dixie Parker,  Assistant Director/Coordinator
Jasson Sumabat, Director/Choreographer                                    

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