Foundation Follies, one of the most important fund-raising events for the Lawrence School Foundation, features the talents of teachers and administrators.
Free State High School counselor Joel Frederick is a Son of a Beach, and he's proud to wear the title.
Of course he's just one of five that make up the musical group "The Sons of the Beaches," a quintet that performs for audiences just once a year.
"Even if it's a disaster it'll be entertaining," Frederick said.
The group is part of the Foundation Follies, the annual fund-raising event for the Lawrence School Foundation, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hall.
The variety show puts teachers and administrators from the Lawrence public schools in the spotlight, and features their talents, some of them hidden for much of the year.
The Sons of the Beaches will sing a medley of 1950s songs, including "Chantilly Lace," "16 Tons," and "Still of the Night."
"We do it for the fun," Frederick said. "Fortunately, '50s music isn't too complicated."
Among the other acts are "Gershwin for Gals and a Guy" performed by elementary teachers, "Stomp" which is brought to life by West Junior High teachers, and "Southwest Fills the Gap" performed by Southwest Junior High staff.
Performers take the stage in groups, duets and solo acts.
"The Follies has become a Lawrence tradition," Mike Miller, foundation director, said. "It's an opportunity to have fun but also to recognize and celebrate the excellence in our school district."
The Follies is one of the most important fund-raising events for the foundation, Miller said.
The foundation provides scholarships for Lawrence students and teachers, and underwrites the Early Childhood Educational Readiness program.
"Supporting the Follies directly supports these efforts," Miller said.
During the show emcee Hank Booth, who also is on the foundation's board of trustees, will announce winners of the 1999 Educator of the Year Award and the 1999 Carl Knox Staff Development Grant.
Tickets are available at the Liberty Hall box office and the District Service Center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.
For more information on the Foundation Follies, contact Miller at 832-5000.
--JL Watson's phone message number is 832-7145. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.