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Barb Thompson
Barb Thompson
Growing up, Barb always enjoyed dancing around the house (and still does). But she never imagined dancing on stage with an amazing group of dancers who have such a good time performing and raising money for Parkinson’s research. This is Barb’s fourth year with the Follies and she is still having a blast! Barb thanks Jason and Marybeth for their patience and fun choreography. Enjoy the show!
Becky Robinson
Becky Robinson
Becky joined the Follies three years ago, where she met two other singers who joined her to form the In Time Trio. She has produced, sung and danced in concerts benefitting cancer research. She has also performed with Young Americans, Kids Next Door & Disney’s Kids of the Kingdom. She thanks the good Lord for her many blessings, including these special ways to give back to the community.
Cheryl Goldberg
Cheryl Goldberg
Life is too short to waste time not doing what you really love to do, and Cheryl really LOVES dancing with the Follies. The fact that it helps find a cure for Parkinson’s is a Win-Win situation. She started 9 years ago helping backstage and was so inspired, she took up tap dancing with the original Taptastic group. This will be her second year as an official Follies girl.
Christl Miche
Christl Miche
Never did she imagine she’d be associated with a most wonderful group of dancers and choreographers. All the hard work learning and remembering the steps to different numbers and creating costumes for the show are well worth it. In her 11th year with the Follies, she is proud to be able to contribute to Parkinson’s Research. She wants to thank her wonderful husband for his unwavering support.
Claudia Hartman
Claudia Hartman
This is Claudia’s fifth year with the Follies and it continues to be an amazing adventure. She is honored to be dancing in this annual fundraiser for Parkinson’s research and would like to thank the audience for returning year after year to support this worthy cause. You make it happen!!
Dixie Parker
Dixie Parker
Dixie says, being in the Follies for fourteen years is a long, fruitful and super fun gig. The legs are going but the spirit is strong to dance, perform and help in different ways to raise funds for research to benefit the many friends with PD she has made along the way. On stage or in the audience - we are here “Dancing for a Cure”.
Ellie Ripley
Ellie Ripley
Ellie says she is so happy to be dancing her 11th year in the Follies. She loves the music, the choreography, the costumes and knowing we are all dancing for a cause. All proceeds which come from our wonderful audiences who cheer and clap for us and the generous donations received from local businesses and individuals go directly to Parkinson’s Research.
Eve Dickson
Eve Dickson
This is Eve’s fourth year dancing with the Follies. She has spent many happy hours dancing back in the day as well as now. As she says, “To be able to dance at this time of my life is fantastic and such fun.” She thanks the Follies organization, Jason and her dance comrades for the opportunity. GO FOLLIES!
Jinny Moore
Jinny Moore
Jinny moved to the beautiful Central Coast from Santa Barbara County 17 years ago. She found the Follies when she came to a show to watch a girlfriend dance. It seemed like too much fun, so she joined up and now has been tapping with the Follies girls for 11 years. She thanks Jason, Marybeth and Ellie for teaching the dances. She also thanks you for coming to our show and supporting our cause …. a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Judy Hearn
Judy Hearn
It’s a wonderful life being a member and involved with the Follies. Judy started as a founding member of the South County Performing Arts Foundation board in 1988, now known as the Clark Center Foundation board. Judy is proud of her title “Director Emeritus”. The last 14 years as a member of the Follies has been rewarding in many ways. New, deeply caring and lasting friendships abound. The Follies are united with Parkinson’s Alliance to fund research to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Thank you Jason & Marybeth for your patience and caring.
Judy McPhail
Judy McPhail
This is Judy’s fourth performance with the Central Coast Follies. She feels very honored to be a part of this wonderful group of dancers, singers and talented people of all ages. Her comment “Who knew that being a ’senior’ would be so much fun!”
Judy Straw
Judy Straw
She was standing in the kitchen carving up a chicken, minding her own business when her husband, Reg, comes barging in and screams “Why aren’t you dancing with the Follies?” He went crazy “you love dancing with them.” At that moment she layed down her knife and said “Yes, you are right” 10 times. One year off, 11 years and counting, dancing with the Follies!!
Laurina Kussel
Laurina Kusell
Laurina wishes to thank Jason, Marybeth, Marianne and all the Follies family for their love and encouragement, Her joy is when her son, Matthew, joins her each October as the show’s photographer and they get to “hang out” backstage. This year she dances for her mom, Linda Salaverria Kusell, who taught her to be strong when life gets tough and love comes first.
Linda Matus
Linda Matus
This year’s theme brings memories of her parents singing lullabies to her: not “Rockaby Baby”, but “I never count sheep, I count all the charms about Linda” and “goodnight, Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams”. She hopes this show will evoke equally beautiful reminiscences for you.
Loretta Fontecchio
Loretta Fontecchio
Loretta has performed in many choruses and choirs for over 25 years. She performed in Community Theater on the central coast in Paso Robles with the Pioneer Players for ten years, acting in 2 shows a year. This is her fourth year with the Follies tap dancing. She is grateful to Jason for getting her back on stage after several years of just singing.
Marlene Lackey
Marlene Lackey
One of the hardest things for Marlene is watching from the sidelines. But she couldn’t resist the lure of the stage and her Follies friends. So she is once again present and accounted for.
Marybeth Costanzo
Marybeth Costanzo
Marybeth is excited to be performing in this year Follies show. "My 11th year with this fantastic group of people. All working for a common goal to create great entertainment as we raise money for such an important cause." She hopes you enjoy the show.
Nancy Freese
Nancy Freese
Music & dance add much joy to Nancy’s life so it’s such a pleasure after an absence of 18 months to be performing again with my friends, the Follies’ ladies. Thank you & much love to Jason & Marybeth for giving of their talents & skills directing the Follies. Thank you so much to our wonderful audiences who make these Parkinson’s fundraisers so successful. Enjoy the show!!!
Paula Lane
Paula Lane
When the music starts, Paula can’t help but join the dance floor. This will be her eighth year on stage as she started with her daughter, Mary, as one of the mothers Jason “threw” on stage. She truly loves to dance.
Renee Capen
Renee Capen
Dance is one of Renee’s many passions. She has performed in New York and throughout California. This 2016 performance is whole heartedly dedicated to the memory of Baleigh Bea Capen.
Rita Vohnout
Rita Vohnout
The Follies gals and guys will keep tapping and singing to help keep the Parkinson’s Research going. And they also tap for all you lovely people’s enjoyment. Thanks - we love seeing you all at our performances every year. Wow, her 13th year!!
Roberta Guidry
Roberta Guidry
Roberta has always had a passion for dance. Upon discovering the Follies nine years ago, that passion has been fulfilled ten times over. Roberta works for Captive Hearts and volunteers at AG Hospital. She thanks Jason and Marybeth for their patience and motivation. She hopes the audience enjoys the show as much as she does performing for your enjoyment and the cause.
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Jimmy Thornton
Jimmy Thornton
Born in New Orleans, Jimmy now makes the Central Coast his home. An outgoing guy who loves everyone, he also loves dancing, singing, traveling, karaoke, and networking when meeting new people. Jimmy is a Paint Contractor and professional network marketer. Known for his kind heart and counseling of others, Jimmy is a guy everyone loves to love because he loves LIVING LOVE.
Sean Owen
Sean Owen
Sean, a native of Arizona, now happily calls Grover Beach home. Locally, Sean has been in TV commercials, A Chorus Line, along with Follies shows. This is Sean's third year dancing, singing and playing piano with Follies. As an award-winning actor/singer/songwriter/pianist/artist, Sean was in nearly 30 productions in Arizona, performed at the Waldorf Astoria and was in Sex in the City.
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Karen Rasch
Karen Rasch
Karen is an Emmy-winning sound editor who transitioned into film editing and served 12 years on the Motion Picture Editors Guild Board of Directors. In her mid-twenties, she co-founded The Sundancers, Inc., a group of 8 jazz and tap dancers from the Al Gilbert Dance Studio in West Hollywood.
Nancy Franta
Nancy Franta
The local music scene is so rich! So many talented and creative artists!! Being an avid fan, Nancy is so happy to be shining as a Follie. The artist and dancer in her is having so much fun! She wants to thank everyone in the Follies family and all who support them!


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