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Follies 2013

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The 40th Annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" closed out their four-day performance schedule of April 11th thru April 14th with over 2,800 enthralled ticketholders enjoying this long-running spring show. The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band kept each audience enthralled within the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for each of the four performances.

Since its inception in February 1970, this annual stage show (presumed the longest running high school show-style concert in West Virginia) has drawn thousands of parents, relatives, community supporters and band enthusiasts to auditoriums at both the old East Fairmont High School (1970 – 1992) and the new EFHS (1994 – 2013).

Each yearʼs production highlights current genres of Broadway musicals, motion picture blockbusters as well as music of the current pop culture. By combining the music with the dancing talents of the "Honeybees" as well as involving band students portraying leads in either theatrical or film scenes, enhances the entertainment value to a theatrical setting.

The first half of the show featured the Honeybees and their traditional "Rockette-inspired" kickline to "Hello Dolly". The Busy Bee Band Percussion section was featured in "Some Nights" by the pop music group .fun. Video highlights from the James Bond series was featured during "Bond, James Bond" and clips from the decade of the 1980s were featured in the John Higgins' arranged "The Eighties." The first half closed with a salute to Dick Clark and featured the senior members of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees in "Rock, Roll and Remember."

The Broadway musical "Annie" opened the second half as Annie and Daddy Warbucks took to the stage. A salute to the 1940s in Big Band Signatures included "Let's Dance," "Leap Frog," "The Woodchopper's Ball," "April in Paris," "Caravan," and "In the Mood." The 1920's Ziegfeld Follies was recalled as the Honeybees were featured in "Young at Heart", "Oh Babe, What Would You Say," and "Manhattan." West Virginia's unofficial state song "My Home Among The Hills" was recently arranged by former director Earl W. McConnell. The band premiered Mr. McConnell's arrangement of the West Virginia classic song.

Follies 2013 closed with highlights from the 2012 field show, with "Strike Up The Band," "We Got The Beat" and "Hold On" followed by Senior Salute to "Broadway Razzle-Dazzle" and teh presentation of the Busy Bee Band Bouquet by Queen Bee Jeanette Pool.

 

 

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