Large group of tweens and teens in the Follies. Back row, from left, Sofiya Cron, Colton Nussbaum, Aimee Dugger, Courtney Castaneda, Natasha Muenzer, Brandon Moore, Maggie Ishizaka, Megan Ball, Mateo Garcia, Lily Moore, Anthony Schu, Kelsey Stewart, Nova Moore and Grayce Bigelow. In front from left are Kristin Fox, Bella Rogers, Marina Castaneda, Sierra Muenzer and Onar Smith.
It’s the year of the Superhero show, starting with the annual Mid-Columbia Lions Follies.
The 2017 show will be “Kid Awesome and the Disco Girls,” an original script with story by Terri Tyler and Bev Bridgewater, and written by Tyler.
According to Bridgewater, the production folks had this show in mind quite a few years ago, thinking it would have good appeal after the Superman vs. Batman movie was released. They had no idea that the superhero phenomenon would rise up, not only in the movies but on the small screen as well.
“It’s a high energy, super charged type of show that will please all ages,” Bridgewater said.
Performers sing and dance to popular songs such as “Uptown Funk,” “Edge of Glory,” and “Breakaway.” Disney songs, such as “I’ll Make a Man out of You” are included in the show. Country songs and 1980s tunes round out the mix. In honor of the Lions sponsorship of the Follies, young Sierra Muenzer will sing “Roar.”
The show takes place in Supertown, which has ordinary citizens, and Super Hero High, where the up and coming superheros are trained. Kid Awesome, played by Onar Smith, is the lead character. He and his superhero teens are learning to fight crime. The teenage superheroes are Miss Scarlett (Megan Ball), Terra Firma (Courtney Castaneda), Flame (Emily Curtis), Donkey Boy (Kelsey Stewart), Flush (Brandon Moore), Mezmarana (Maggie Ishizaka), Barb Wire (Savannah Demchuk), Procastinator (Arayah Nelson), Napoleon (Colton Nussbaum) and Lego Boy (Mateo Garcia).
Kid’s father, Captain Awesome (Wayne Tengwall), is now the coach at Superhero High. He and his cohorts, Superman (Jeremy Belcher) and Batman (Wade Hogg), defeated the evil Queen Bea (Andrea Fox) and her Disco Girls (Sarah Fox, Rachel Weatherly, and Emily Hogg) 20 years ago. Now, through a series of events, Queen Bea is brought back to her evil ways, united with her Disco Girls, and brings in a new group — the Glitter Girls (Natasha Muenzer, Sofiya Cron, Grace Bigelow) to help take over Supertown.
Will she be defeated? Who will save the day? Can Kid Awesome and his superheroes rise to the occasion? And what about Dave Tallman, I mean Archie Bolt? How will he fit into all this?
All these and other questions will be answered. At the same time, audiences will enjoy disco, 1980s music and current pop songs.
What keeps the folks coming back to see this annual event? It’s the local entertainment and the relaxing atmosphere, said Bridgewater. Attendees see their friends and neighbors, who are singing and dancing in a two-hour variety-format show with a very loose theme — and raise money for sight and hearing needs of Oregonians.
Tallman, a local orchardist, is a popular singer in the show and plays one of the good guys. This year, he will tackle an Adele song, “Hello,” and make it worthy of the superhero theme. Sarah Fox, a teacher at Westside Elementary and business owner, joins Weatherly and Hogg as the disco girls, a trio of villains.
Smith, a junior at Hood River Valley High School, has the lead as Kid Awesome. He and 25 other students from local schools make up the superheroes and townsfolk who carry the storyline. Andrea and Randy Fox are part of the cast of villains. Tengwall, Sandy Belcher, LuLu Perkins-Roush and Jimmie Oates are teachers at the superhero school. Hogg and Jeremy Belcher play featured roles as Batman and Superman.
TICKETS AND TIMES
The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies is a fundraiser for Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. Last year’s show raised $14,000, with total donations of $350,000 over the last 40 years. Show dates are April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee is April 23 at 2 p.m.
Columbia Education Foundation and Hogg Davis are two community sponsors. They will be featured during the last weekend performances. The April 23 Sunday matinee is sponsored by Hood River Community Education. Folks showing up in superhero costume will be admitted for $5 that afternoon. There will be prizes for the top costumes.
Tickets are available from Lions members and these outlets: McIsaac’s Market and Jim’s Market, Parkdale; Mid Valley Market, Odell; Windmaster Market, Hood River Adult Center, Studio 10, Paul Henne’s TV & Stereo, Postal Annex, Waucoma Books, Key Bank, Columbia State Bank in Hood River, and Riverview Bank in White Salmon.
For more information, call Lion Trudy Tallman at 541-386-2763.