The 33rd Junior Service League of Rome Follies opens Friday, featuring the sounds of the Fabulous ’50s.
League members have rehearsed for three weeks now, polishing song and dance numbers with a 1950s flare.
The show is Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door, online at the group’s website or from a JSL representative. General admission is $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 10 and under. Patron tickets are $75 each or $100 per couple and include access to the pre-show patron’s party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home.
The money raised during the Follies will go to support the JSL’s numerous community projects, according to member Holly Amerman.
“We do several, but our major one is League For Learning,” she said.
League members use money raised by their events to purchase school supplies and deliver those supplies to every public school in Rome and Floyd County.
“We also have small grants that we award,” Amerman added. “We still have the application process open on our website.”
During the 32nd Follies, the league managed to raise $45,000, she said.
The Follies also bring the League members together, Amerman said.
“The Follies is always a fun project for us,” she said. “We get to be together and be silly, because meetings are usually all business.”
Follies time is also a great time to bring new members into the fold.
“We often attract new members because they want to participate in the Follies,” she said. “We also manage to find out we have hidden talents sometimes.”