Memorial Follies

Memorial Follies

About the Memorial Follies

Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the return of "Follies" to center stage at the Capitol Theatre on March 2, 2013. A Broadway-style show and fundraiser, The Follies showcases local community and hospital talent. The funds raised from the 2013 Follies will benefit Memorial's campaign for healthier children in the Yakima Valley.

"The Follies is a community tradition dating back decades, and Memorial is excited to continue the tradition for new generations to enjoy. We are extremely proud to have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local healthcare programs and services."

The Follies started in 1990, when Mrs. Bill Robertson said "let's bring the Follies to Yakima." Since that first event, the Follies has continued to impact our community by raising funds and awareness for Children's Village, Memorial's NICU, and various other healthcare services.

2013 Follies Calendar

Cast Information

Soloist Casting

We are excited for Follies to make its 10th appearance on stage and want to provide you with information you will need to make this the best Follies yet! Please don't hesitate to ask questions of any of the Talent Committee or Coordinators. We are here to make sure you are having FUN!

Jaime Donegan - Director
Mark Myers - Follies Coordinator
Kim Stracke - Costume Coordinator
Bart Roderick - Band Coordinator
Carol Vanevenhoven - Talent Committee
Penny Myers - Talent Committee
Kay Carbery - Talent Committee
Teresa Pritchard - Talent Committee
Randy Cline - Talent Committee

What are the Follies?

Follies started back in 1990 where the first time we introduced the idea for Children's Village to the community. Since then Follies has taken on many different causes and feels, and we are proud to be doing a Follies that will benefit the children's healthcare programs here in Yakima.

The 2013 Follies is a fundraiser for the pediatric healthcare services that Memorial provides to the community and we have added new multimedia aspects to the show to feature these great services.

Follies relies on corporate sponsors and community giving, but above all ticket sales to make the show a huge success. We encourage you to ask neighbors, friends, and family to buy tickets to the show. (There is nothing more exciting in the theatre world than performing to a sold out theatre.) We ask for your help in marketing Follies around the valley.

We are here to have fun! Jaime Donegan so eloquently puts it, "this is a place for adults to play!" This is the time you can relax, make friends, and have a good time.

Things you will need...

  • Black Character Shoes:
    • Ladies - must have heel and strap unless specified by director (may be purchased at Ginger's Dance Boutique).
    • Men - black laced up dress shoes (no slip on please).
  • Make-up: (with ever changing sanitary needs, we ask that you please provide your own)
    • Ladies - Foundation, blush, eye makeup, and lipstick.
    • Men - Foundation
    • Everyone - Makeup sponges
    • More information on colors and style as the show approaches as stage make-up has specific requirements. Make up consultants will be on hand to assist on day of the show.
  • Water Bottles - Please bring a water bottle with you to rehearsal. Culligan has provided water, we would like to be as green as possible and ask that you bring a reusable bottle to refill at stations throughout rehearsals. Liberty Bottles will be available for purchase from a Follies Coordinator ($10, cash only) proceeds benefit Children's Village.
  • No child care will be provided, for rehearsals or the performances. Please leave your children with a trusted sitter.
  • Please make sure to eat before coming to rehearsals. Dancing requires lots of energy, and burns a lot of calories. Fresh fruit may be provided but is based on availability.
  • Bring your sense of humor!
  • Costumes:
    • Men may need to provide own black pants.
    • Women will need tan sparkle tights (Ginger's Dance Boutique)
    • If you have questions or concerns acquiring items that are not provided please see any coordinator or talent committee member.

Things that will be provided for you...

  • Amazing direction by Jaime Donegan
  • All music and choreography
  • Broadway style costumes
  • Water station for refilling bottles of water
  • Evening security in parking areas
  • After party in 4th Street Theatre, will offer no host bar

Memorabilia - Items available for purchase

  • Video of Follies Performance $20
  • Follies T-shirt $10
  • Follies Polo shirt $30

As a special thank you for your time and hard work, we will provide a photo CD to all cast members.

Parking: Downtown parking is strictly enforced, please obey all signage to avoid ticketing.

Lot parking is Free for up to 4 hours and in city-owned lots will be enforced between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Allow extra time to find a parking space to be ready for rehearsals on time. Extra security will be provided from 6:00-10:00 pm Monday-Friday during rehearsal.

Capitol Theatre: For safety and security, the seating areas and foyers are closed until day of the show. Anyone in these areas will be asked to leave.

Food & Drink: No food or drinks are allowed in the seated areas of the Capitol Theatre at any time. No cups, drinks, or food are allowed on stage. Water bottles with closed lids are okay in the stage wings. Unmarked/unclaimed bottles will be tossed. Snacks and water will be provided during rehearsals in the GREEN ROOM AREA. Please help us keep the theatre neat and tidy.

Children: No child care will be provided, for rehearsals or the performances. Please leave your children with a trusted sitter. They will not be allowed in the theatre or stage.


Dates to note: February 7 & 11-15 - Evening rehearsals in 4th Street Theatre (Entrance on 4th Street) February 8 & 22 - ALL rehearsals at Melody Lane Academy (1610 S 24th Ave, next to Yakima Athletic Club)

Please be at least 10 minutes early for your rehearsals so that you can warm-up and we may begin on time. Thank you. Remember: The person standing next to you is counting on you.


Mon., Wed., Fri.
10:00 Shimmy Gals

10:00 Tue.,Thurs.
Chattahoochee Line Dance

Everyday 10:30
Tap #

Everyday 11:00


Mon., Wed., Fri.
5:30 Just Dance Hand Drill
6:00 Chorus
6:30 Chorus
7:00 Survival/ Human
7:30 And then You're Gone/ Back
8:00 Swing Couples
8:30 Mambo Couples

Evenings Tue.,Thurs.

5:30 Skits -To be scheduled
6:00 Solos/Specialty- scheduled
6:30 Solos/Specialty-scheduled
7:00 Coffee in a Cardboard Cup
7:30 Hey Eugene & Disco Couples
8:00 Madame La Zonga
8:30 Boogie Shoes/ Bounce

There will be some afternoon rehearsals for soloists, duets, trios and specialty acts for those who can rehearse during the day.

Director, Jaime Donegan

Renowned director Jaime Donegan returns to Yakima to produce and direct his seventh consecutive Follies. Jaime Donegan Productions has a national reputation for working with charity organizations and has raised more than $18 million in 38 states. Want more information on Jaime Donegan Productions? Click here.

Tickets and Special Packages

Matinee Performance - 2 p.m. Buy Tickets Now!

Evening Performance - 8 p.m. Buy Tickets Now!

Gold seating $40 Orchestra/Dress circle $25 Balcony $15

Memorial Hospital employees receive special ticket pricing, (not available for packages) must use promotional code from the intranet or contact Mark Myers at 509-249-5268 for code.

VIP Ticket information/Patron Ticket Information

The Memorial Foundation will host a special VIP Ticket Reception, another Follies tradition, 5:00-7:00 p.m., March 2, 2013. For more information on how to become a VIP ticket holder please contact Mark Myers at 509-249-5268.

Special Packages

Purchase Special Packages through Capitol Theatre Box Office 509-853-ARTS or online at

Matinee Family 4 Pack $30

Package includes 2 adults and 2 children (12 and under) for seating in the Balcony section only.

Matinee Lunch and Show Package (Hurry, quantities are limited!)

Package includes special Luncheon seating and Follies lunch menu at your choice of Gasperetti's Restaurant, 1013 N 1st Street, Yakima, or Olive Garden, 222 E Yakima Avenue, Yakima. Must present lunch voucher to designated restaurant. Lunch available from 11:30 a.m. until showtime. Price is per person no sharing/splitting and includes choice of non-alcoholic beverage, salad, and entrée. Tax and gratuity included.

Gasperetti's Lunch and Show Package

Gold seating -$55 Orchestra/Dress circle -$45

Olive Garden Lunch and Show Package

Gold seating -$45 Orchestra/Dress circle -$35

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at a Follies Performance

  • Ushers
  • Stagehands
  • Costumes
  • Sewing Professionals
  • Cast Hospitality

Volunteer at a Follies Event

Email or contact Mark Myers at 509-249-5268 to sign up to volunteer today!

Corporate Sponsorship

The Follies is made possible with the contributions of our corporate partners. From monetary donations to donations of goods and services, our sponsors help us put on the event of the year. To learn how to be a part of the Sponsorship Team, email, or call Mark Myers at 509-249-5268.

View our sponsorship packet.

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