In 1992, Prairie State Legal Services Advisory Council (a not-for-profit law firm established to provide legal assistance to low-income people and elderly) created the Legal Follies as a fund-raiser. The idea of the comedic show was to raise money to help ensure equal access to the justice for people who cannot afford an attorney. It all started 11 years ago, and this politically farcical show is still running strong.
The show is written and performed each year by volunteer local celebrities, attorneys, judges, and legal secretaries. For the sixth year running, Steven Vrtol, III, is directing. It will be an evening of spoofs, songs, and skits about politics and news makers, which boasts an extraordinary display of talent and good sportsmanship. Although the theme and the content of the show were originally aimed at the legal community, the Legal Follies has developed into an evening of comedy the whole community can enjoy with vaudevillian acting and impersonations.
Cathy Ritts of Prairie State Legal Services oversees every aspect of the production, as well as serving as official censor for the Follies. Don Moore, of Holmstrom and Kennedy, P.C., is chairman of the Follies Steering Committee and is one of the star cast members. Kristine Pihl Youman, of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., is a member of the Steering Committee and has been a cast member for several shows. Steve Vrtol is a professional actor and is the Follies talented director. He also helps out with writing and casting. Aside from the cast and crew, many volunteers from the community spearhead fund-raising and marketing for the show.
The 11th Annual Legal Follies will be Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Coronado Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets for the fund-raiser are $40, $30 and $15, depending. For tickets and information, call 968-5222.