About The Village Follies
Founded more than 40 years ago, the Village Follies provides Chicago’ s suburban adults of various ages and experiences an opportunity to participate in community theater in a fun and low-key way. Through our shows, and a variety of other social functions, we raise funds for the Winnetka Community House (WCH), a beloved mainstay of Chicago’s North Shore. This Facility enriches the lives of North Shore residents, their families and friends, by providing diverse educational, cultural,
social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages, all with no tax dollar support.
Our Variety Show is like an indoor “Ravinia” where people can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages , as well as host “picnics” at their tables. A cash bar is available. The Show is written, choreographed, directed and produced by the Follies members, and is made up of songs, dances, and comedy sketches. No one 21 and older is turned away from participating. Stage crew, set designers, costumers, actors, singers and dancers, even ticket takers and bartenders, are always needed. The Follies strives to be all welcoming and inclusive. We find numbers that best use the abilities of our cast, and encourage participants to challenge themselves beyond their comfort zone. We have writer meetings to offer show material throughout the summer for those who want to attend.
Supporters of the Follies not only buy tickets to the show, but can contribute in other ways, such as placing ads in our show’s program book, attending our annual Patrons’ Party with a silent and live
auction of donated items and a sit-down dinner with dancing afterwards, coming to the annual Beach Bash, which is an end of summer barbeque at Elder Lane Beach, and participating in the Celebrity Bartender Night.
Through all these activities, the participation of the community, whether it is appearing on stage, giving a backstage hand, or taking a spot in the audience, creates a community-based support for the
Winnetka Community House.
Board Of Directors 2020 - 2021
Mathew Bonaccorso (Secretary)