by Eric A Thomas
After an absence of two years, the Follies are making a return. The organizers of this year’s event hope it will be bigger and better than ever.
On Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m., the gym at Franklin High School (FHS) will come alive with talent galore. The faculty, staff, administrators and students are gearing up to give their best at “Night at the Movies.” In addition to the entertainment, a meal will be served catered by Hamilton’s Catering. Tickets are still available and will be sold through Friday, April 22. They are $20 for adults and $18 for students.
According to event planners, this year’s Follies will have a little change. “Not only will the staff be performing, but students who want to be considered for the scholarship are also joining in,” commented Elise Black, FHS school counselor intern.
Black continued, “We are excited to give students the opportunity to be a big piece in earning the scholarship.” She also said it will be an excellent to bring everybody together after the two-year hiatus.
The Follies started in the spring of 2005 to help raise money for the Katy Tannahill Memorial Scholarship. She was a senior at FHS when she unexpectedly died in 2004. Class advisors Dianna Bassi and Greg Tabeek decided to use the idea of the previous year’s follies to recognize seniors who gave back to their school and community. Tannahill was very active in the school and community.
The money from this year’s event will be put with a $500 gift from Community State Bank of Franklin. There are 250 seats available and project organizers are hoping for a sellout.
To purchase tickets, you may contact the FHS office at 217-675-2395 or reach out to any of the following staff people: Mrs. Black, Mrs. Lancaster or Mrs. Slaughterback. Also, anyone may visit www.franklinhigh.com and follow the current program calendar at the bottom of the homepage to find a link that will show table availability.