Falling for Gold Fever Follies

By Contributed - Kootenay News Advertiser - July 29, 2011

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In 1987, a small group of theater enthusiasts, headed by Ray Furlotte, started a musical review based on Rossland history. The show was embellished with local lore, old time tunes and real Cancan dancers from the Boomtown Garter Girls.

Two decades later, the Rossland Gold Fever Follies, headed by local resident and current Follies President Ray Furlotte, are still going strong with original stories from Rossland’s rich gold mining history.

While artistic license is often used, many of the characters are based on real people from Rossland’s past. Such characters have included Judge Begbie, Father Pat, the Hunter Brothers, Olas Jeldness, Big John Kirkup and a whole host of others.

This year’s show goes now until August 27, Tuesday through Saturday with performances at 3 and 7:30 pm at the Miners Union Hall onColumbia Avenue. Tickets are available at the door. More information at www.goldfeverfollies.com.

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