St. Raphael Follies & Revue ready to take the stage for fourth yearBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader May 04. 2018 12:21PM
MANCHESTER — St. Raphael the Archangel Parish on the West Side will take over the stage at the Dana Center at St. Anselm College for two nights with the fourth annual New St. Raphael Follies & Revue.
Part talent show, part old-fashioned vaudeville show and part mystery, the show features acts familiar to Manchester residents and some new parish talent. The show starts at 7 p.m. tonight, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.
Parishioner Patrick Smith, assistant principal at Trinity High School, will again serve as master of ceremonies.
Under the direction of Kerri Stanley of Londonderry, the show will feature a wide range of acts each night. In typical Follies fashion, the shows each night differ a little, “so that’s why you should come both nights,” according to Rev. Jerome Day, O.S.B., pastor.
“They’ve been advertising Friday as the ‘rough cut’ version, while Saturday is supposed to be the ‘silk cut,’” said Day. “Audiences will have to decide for themselves.”
Performers include the New Hampshire Pipes & Drums; a brother-and-sister salute to the Stars and Stripes by Aiden and Grace Miller; comedy skits by Lea Francoeur and Alan Heidenriech; Sara Doucet of Trinity High School’s rendition of “Here Alone” and Catherine Ahnen, also from Trinity, singing “Astonishing,” both from “Little Women” and piano rendition of Elton John’s “Your Song” by Dan Radlinski.
The Follies also will feature two groups from St. Anselm College, the Irish Step Dancers from the Irish Club and Celtic Society, and the St. Anselm College Jazz Ensemble.
Two of the Follies signature acts will be back, according to Stanley. The Sisters of Perpetual Motion, unfortunately, are on retreat during the show’s dates, but happily the Walker Street Girls will be available to hold the place of the sisters. Meanwhile, Best Foot Forward, the men’s comic dance group, are hoping to get through their routines, set to Rachel Platten’s hit, “Stand by You,” and Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s hit, “Something Just Like This,” with a minimum of injury.
The Saint Raphael Dancing Queen’s will interpret ABBA’s famous tune for the finale.
“We are tremendously grateful to all those who have worked so hard to prepare the Follies & Revue, fourth edition, for our parish and our community,” said Day. “I’m delighted this year that we have some St. A’s talent, and we are grateful to the Dana Center staff for their assistance. When we started the Follies in 2014, we never thought we’d make our fourth birthday!”
Further information is available by calling the parish at 603-623-2604 or by visiting the parish website at www.st-raphael-parish.org.