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                                Pat and David Howell are resurrecting the Whidbey Follies.

File photo/Whidbey News-Times Pat and David Howell are resurrecting the Whidbey Follies.

The Whidbey Follies stage a comeback

After a 25-year absence, the Whidbey Follies is making a comeback. The show is Sept. 29 and 30.

Creator David Howell describes the show as “Coupeville’s version of Saturday Night Live,” a mix of comedy and music sketches, all performed by local people.

Performances for Follies 2018 will include “You’ve Got To Be Kidding,” at the Coupeville High School PAC. The show satirizes people, places, events, politics and life on Whidbey island.

Written and directed by Howell and his wife, Pat, the Follies was an annual event until 1993, when the Howells moved to Oregon.

It was first performed on stage in 1989 as a fundraiser for Concerts on the Cove.

The Howells since moved back to Whidbey.

“It’s so much fun to write and produce the show and see it on stage,” Howell said. “We have a ball. It’s fun for everybody.”

The upcoming Follies will feature the new “Sisters of Perpetual Preservation” whose predecessors made their debut in 1991 tackling the controversial issue of vinyl siding on St. Mary’s church and whose mission is still the preservation of historical integrity. This year, they will address the campaign to purchase the 1860s Haller House.

The show will also feature appearances by musical talents Johnny Bulldog, the Saratoga Sirens and the local band, Wild Man Cooley.

“The audience may not agree with everything we spoof, but we make fun of everyone,” Howell said. “We just go for it, and people either like it or they don’t, but they always have a good laugh or two.”

The cast will feature about 20 locals. Proceeds from the production will benefit the Island County Museum and Historic Whidbey in its efforts to preserve the Haller House. Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 at the Salty Mug Coffee Shop and Aqua Gifts in Coupeville, the Freeland Liquor Store and Wind and Tide Books in Oak Harbor.

“It’s just fun — if you’re looking for a good night fun out and a lot of laughs come and see this,” Howell said.

“And it helps a good cause.”

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