“It’s All About Harmony”: 85th Annual Madison Beach Club Follies Set

Submitted by Madison Beach Club

Dancing in sync: Matthew Maniatty, Nathaniel Konstantino, Peter Uzgaris and Lucas Newcomb. Photo by Chad Lyons

MADISON, CT – Musical harmony means different things to everyone. Sweet doo-wop harmonies of the 50s. Folk-rock harmonies of the 60s. Disco harmonies of the 70s. And then, timeless harmonies such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a harmonic convergence in itself.

That and more will be seen and heard at the 85th Annual Madison Beach Club Follies on Friday, August 5. Follies are an enduring tradition at the Beach Club, a rite of passage for members ages 14 and up. The theme for this year’s Follies is “Harmony”.

“Because of Covid, war and national politics, the state of our world has been thrown into discord,” said Follies president and frequent stage presence Fred Lyle. “This is our chance to work together, have a good time and create lasting harmony.”

Lyle, a veteran TV producer and member of MBC, lends his directing talents to this year’s production, along with director Matt Harrison.

“To get the call to create a show around the wonderfully amorphous word, ‘harmony,’ was incredible,” said Harrison, whose “real” career is as music director at Hamden Hall Country Day School.

“You want harmony? We’ll give you Under The Boardwalk by the Drifters, Heart’s Alone and Sloop John B by the Beach Boys to start. But then you’ll hear surprises.

The 42-member cast has just three weeks to rehearse a list of 20 songs and dances. Teenagers who had played basketball and tennis but never rehearsed a dance move suddenly find themselves learning new moves.

“Being in the Follies, I had to learn dance moves, moves that could actually help me on the basketball court,” says 15-year-old Peter Uzgiris.

The Follies performance open to the public will take place on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit nonprofits in Madison.

Tickets are $15 for children 12 and under and $25 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Club front desk, 128 Island Ave., or at the door the night of the show, subject to availability.

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