With the national election taking center stage, last year’s Follies featured local luminaries such as Ann Ormond of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, president of the Provident Bank Charlie Cullen, the Rev. Harold Babcock of the First Religious Society of Newburyport and local singer Maggie Budzyna. Inn Street Barber Shop owner Esther Sayer was the co-emcee last year and will be returning to the role this year.
“That was really an amazing show,” Cameron said. “Because people really practiced and had a really good time with it. We had a fabulous, fabulous show. And now, in our third year, we were almost to the point where we had to turn candidates away.”
Although the specifics of their acts this year are confidential, Holaday will be taking the stage as will mayoral challenger Earls. City Council candidates Herzog, Ed Cameron, Sheila Mullins, Bruce Menin, Barry Connell, Laurel Allgrove, Meghan Kinsey, Bruce Vogel, Jared Eigerman, Charlie Tontar, Bob Cronin, Chris Welch, Sean Reardon and Leslie Eckholdt will also be entertaining the crowd.
“We have a lot of singing,” said Cameron. “We have quite a bit of comedy. We have some spoken word stories and a magic trick. Regardless of whether the performance is really good or really bad, I think the audience really appreciates the fact that they are there. It’s a heartwarming feeling that people sort of get from these folks that they are having fun and they are not professional entertainers. They are really putting themselves out there, especially in this world of social media.”
A house band will accompany the performers and the Lighthouse Trio and Friends will perform as well.