Feb 25, 2014 2:18 PM by Jeanette Trompeter
It's that time of year again. For dozens of Central Coast business and community leaders, politicians, doctors and attorneys, it's the crazy time leading up to one of the most successful fundraisers of the year.
Phyllis' Annual Musical Revue is a performance-inspired fashion show that raises money for the Women's Shelter of San Luis Obispo. Get Out and About with member the gang who've been practicing nights and weekends for six weeks now, and you're sure to enjoy some hearty laughs and a lighter spirit.
In it's 27th year, Phyllils' Musical Revue and Fashion Show seems to get a little more extravagant each year. And that means more work for all the people involved. 'So we started conceptualizing about six months ago and with the dancers about six weeks ago." says volunteer choreographer and dancer Stephen Patrick. He and his partner Todd LeMay spend hours working with the non-professional, volunteer performers teaching dance numbers that are designed to entertain and prompt some good belly laughs. "They're ready. They're ready to go. So we're going to put on a great show." he says.
More than 400 volunteers are part of the production, including a good contingent of community leaders, Madonna Inn employees, and volunteers who will practice at least 17 times for numbers with dancing and lip-syncing involved. "I do it for the Women's Shelter. And the glory!" says a spunky Amy Jacobs.
Since it started in 1987, the show has raised roughly three-million dollars for the Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo. "It's such a great time, and the energy of the ladies that come in and show up and give their dedication and work for weeks and weeks and weeks on end is phenomenal." says Patrick.
There are always banner performances, like the one many of the women in the show will be performing, dressed and dancing like Tina Turner. No word on what the men in the show are doing this year, but they are not ones to be outdone, so it's sure to be something big. Last year they were over the top with a "Queen medley" all decked out in spandex and platform shoes to reflect the attire of rock groups in the 80's. There's nothing like seeing your local city council-member, mayor or supervisor stepping out of the comfort zone to that extent.
Phyllis Madonna, who started the annual tradition will be part of the fun again this year. She and fellow choreographers, dancers, and models are hoping to raise $200-thousand-dollars this year, and prompt a lot of smiles and laughs along the way.
The show is Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th. There are brunch and dinner shows both days. Tickets are on sale through the Madonna Inn. Call the Inn directly or click here for more information.
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