‘Follies Rewind’ focuses on the musical spoof’s videos
“The Park City Follies,” an annual, locally produced musical that pokes fun all things Park City, premiered 16 years ago.
For 11 of those, the production, which is also a benefit for the Egyptian Theatre, has featured videos to enhance the action on stage.
The videos are made by the “Follies’” creative team — Rick Klein, Terry Moffatt, Tom Clyde and Paul Tan.
Notable Parkites and local-area residents who have appeared in the videos include mayors, city council members, nonprofit executive directors, Olympians, hospital executives and Park Record publisher Andy Bernhard, according to Tan, who directs the production.
“They were created to showcase people who can’t commit to the hours of rehearsals it takes to pull the play together,” Tan said. “These videos are one of my favorite parts of ‘The Follies.’”
To help celebrate the restored Egyptian Theatre’s 35th anniversary, Tan and Clyde will host “Follies Rewind,” two evening of fun that will feature the screening of select “Park City Follies” videos, on Oct. 11 and 12.
In addition to these videos, the evening will feature snippets of “Follies” productions and songs that were filmed by Park City TV.
The idea for these screenings started with Tan.
“We have thought about showing these videos and I brought up the idea two years ago to [Egyptian Theatre manager] Randy Barton, but we weren’t able to find a good time to do this,” Tan said. “When he set this 35th anniversary for the Egyptian Theatre, we knew it was the perfect time to show this.”
The first video, as far as Tan knows, was included in the “Park City Follies” in 2005.
“It was more than 18 minutes long,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know what we were thinking.”
Every year since then, the ‘Follies’ creative team has tried to make six short videos to be included in the productions.
“So our video library has continued to grow to the point that we wondered how many we have done,” Tan said. “We looked back and found we have done about 50, and we’ve done about 45 of those since 2008.”
The videos’ content not only parallels the “Follies” history, but also the history of Park City.
“We’ve marked every major institutional change — the Park City Hospital, Vail coming, the Park City Gun Club, the issues surrounding local trails, Rabbi Joshua Aaronson leaving Park City for Hollywood,” Tan said. “Sometimes the video didn’t relate to the play because we had to shoot the videos six month before we did the play.”
Creating the videos alone is always a huge undertaking.
“For example, one we did last year was called ‘Planet of the Dogs’ and involved 35 or 40 people,” Tan said. “It took us six hours of shooting and countless hours of editing to make two minutes of video, just to see if it will make people laugh.”
In addition, all of the videos have a backstory.
“So, during the screenings, Tom and I will tell these stories,” Tan said.
Not all of the videos will be screened during “Follies Rewind.”
“We couldn’t show all of the videos because that would be a marathon show, so we had to think about which ones to show,” Tan said. “We asked ourselves, ‘Do we pick the ones we think are the funniest? Or do we pick the ones we thought made an impact of significance?’”
So, they ended up selecting videos that were a combination of both.
“The beauty of these videos is that they only fit here in Park City,” Tan said. “Many of them have taken on more meaning after they were initially shown, because some of them were very prophetic of what was coming up. Sometimes we just get lucky.”
The Egyptian Theatre will continue its 35th anniversary milestone with “Follies Rewind,” an evening of “Park City Follies” video clips that reach back to 2005, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 12. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.
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