Last night was the last Frantic Follies performance of the season. I could only make it to the second half, as I had my flamenco class earlier in the evening. When I arrived, some former Follies performers called me over so I sat just in front of them. Well, what a bizarre experience. The performers up on stage were doing their thing, but at the same time the former performers behind me were singing along to all the songs (in harmony no less) and calling out the punch lines on cue. Talk about music in stereo! I can see where it might have been annoying for people in the audience who’d never seen the show before, but I couldn’t help but laugh.
On the last show of the season, the cast members traditionally play jokes on one another. Last night, during a comical rendition of ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’, all the dancers came out and did a ballet number on pointe when the narrator read the line “And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe”. The narrator wasn’t prepared for this of course, but he handled it well and all went off without a hitch.
Iris will certainly have her fair share of stories to tell about the summer: for instance, one of her roles as ‘Lipstick Lou’ was to go into the audience and bring an older gentleman up on stage to remove her garter belt. He would then receive a big kiss on the forehead from her (leaving a bright red lipstick mark) and a certificate with a similar lipstick mark. One evening she brought a man up on stage, put one leg on a chair, and hoisted up her skirt. It was only then that she realized she’d forgotten to put on a garter belt. Luckily one of the other dancers quickly jumped in and the show continued on. Another time, Iris selected a man from the audience who, she only realized when she got to his seat, was using crutches. He really wanted to be on stage though and said he could handle it. However to the poor man fell half-way up the stairs. Iris was mortified. “Bad luck with men” she complained.
I don’t know at this point if Iris will do the show again next summer but it’s been a good run for her and she’s gained tonnes of performing experience. Today she’s off to Toronto. Good-bye my sweet Lipstick Lou.