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SIGNING ON THE DOTTED LINE – David Branigan (seated), with Northern Vision Development, signs a ‘vaudville contract’ at Monday afternoon’s press conference. Producer Grant Simpson centres the performers at the desk.

Klondike Follies to retake the stage

In true vaudeville fashion, the Klondike Follies will be returning to the stage this summer for a run of 20 shows – and maybe more.

By Whitehorse Star on April 17, 2018

In true vaudeville fashion, the Klondike Follies will be returning to the stage this summer for a run of 20 shows – and maybe more.

Producer Grant Simpson and representatives of Northern Vision Development announced the return late Monday afternoon.

“Every week will be unique,” said Simpson.

“We are going back to original roots of vaudeville, featuring new headliners and acts that will keep things fresh and exciting while including popular local performers and favourite numbers throughout the run.”

The ever-popular leading lady Gillian Campbell will headline the first three shows in late June.

Simpson said the Klondike Follies will not be anything like the Frantic Follies he produced for almost three decades.

The Frantic Follies were a popular variety show, but it was the same every night and largely targeted the revolving tourist market.

Simpson said the Klondike Follies will feature different headliners through the summer to keep the tourist and local market enticed.

“I have basically kind of gone with the things I have done over the years that I know locals have latched onto and enjoyed,” he said.

Last year, after nearly 50 years, the Frantic Follies ended its run at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel because of the diminishing number of tourists.

But Simpson, in partnership with the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre, put together two shows last summer.

“Following the successful trial of two shows last summer, the Klondike Follies is back by popular demand to entertain both tourists and locals with a new headline act each week and an exciting mix of music, magic, comedy, song, dance, novelty and history,” says a press release issued Monday.

“The show will run from June 26th through August at the Coast High Country Inn and may be extended into September.”

Simpson has assembled an expanded cast featuring a mix of local talent and new headliners each week.

They include Campbell, acoustic artist Roy Forbes, stunt magician and comedian Wes Barker and international banjo virtuoso Tim Allen, to name a few.

“We are delighted to make this announcement,” said Adam Gerle, vice-president of marketing for Northern Vision Development and a former Frantic Follies cast member.

“Summer vaudeville shows are a tradition in the Yukon, and the Klondike Follies will greatly add to Whitehorse’s tourism offerings, treating visitors and locals to world class, colourful Yukon entertainment. It’s great news the show can go on!”

The shows will take place at the Coast High Country Inn and will offer three levels of tickets.

Patrons will have a choice of just seeing the show, have dinner and the show or splurge on VIP seating. That will include the show, dinner, premium seating, dedicated service and extras. There will also be a special rate for Yukoners. Tickets will go on sale in May.

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JP Creamer on Dec 1, 2020 at 10:34 pm

I travelled as the Tour Director on bus tours from Virginia to Alaska every year back in to 1980’s and 90’s. Our stop in Whitehorse always included the Frantic Follies and was one of the many highlights of our month long 10,000 mile journey.
The recreation of Robert Service’s “Cremation of Sam McGee” was something we all never forgot. Thank you for creating memories for a lifetime and bringing this wonderful show back to life !!!
Long live the “Klondike Follies” and all the great memories you create !!!

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Cactus Face Elmer on Apr 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

dancin' - prancin' - pickin' - grinin' - Robert Service - Jack London - you say ?


I'll be buying a ticket

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Groucho d'North on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Nice to see a long-time entertainment feature back for residents and visitors alike. Its nice to see some of the old flavour still around. Break a leg everyone!

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Matt on Apr 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Great news....Frantic Follies was probably the longest running show in North America with the original owners. Pretty sure Grant will do well.

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