About the Village Follies
Who We Are
Founded more than 40 years ago, the Village Follies provides Chicago’
s suburban adults of various ages and experiences an opportunity to
participate in community theater in a fun and low-key way.  Through
our shows, and a variety of other social functions, we raise funds for
the Winnetka Community House (WCH), a beloved mainstay of Chicago’
s North Shore. This Facility enriches the lives of North Shore residents,
their families and friends, by providing diverse educational, cultural,
social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages, all with no
tax dollar support. .

Board Of Directors 2017 - 2018
Maurice Gauthier (Chairman)
Emily Matz (Vice Chairman)
Lisa Sarwar (Secretary)
Kolin Leonard (Treasurer)

Marge Clingan (Chairman Emeritus)
Chris Degaitas
Bridgit McNulty
Kate Moulton
Geneva Royal


Our Variety Show is like an indoor
“Ravinia” where people can bring food and
drink, as well as host “picnics” at their
tables. The Show is written,
choreographed, directed and produced by
the Follies members, and is made up of
songs, dances, and comedy sketches.  No
one 21 and older is turned away from
participating.  Stage crew, set designers,
costumers, actors, singers and dancers,
even ticket takers and bartenders, are
always needed. The Follies strives to be all
welcoming and inclusive. We find numbers
that best use the abilities of our cast, and
encourage participants to challenge
themselves beyond their comfort zone.  We
have writer meetings to offer show material
throughout the summer for those who want
to attend.

Supporters of the Follies not only buy
tickets to the show, but can contribute in
other ways, such as placing ads in our
show’s program book,  attending our
annual Patrons’ Party with a silent and live
auction of donated items and a sit-down
dinner with dancing afterwards, coming to
the annual Beach Bash, which is an end of
summer barbeque at Elder Lane Beach, and
participating in the Celebrity Bartender
Night.

Through all these activities, the
participation of the community, whether it is
appearing on stage, giving a backstage
hand, or taking a spot in the audience,
creates a community-based support for the
Winnetka Community House.