The Return of the Cambria Follies – Randy Schwalbe
September 16, 2021
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Randy Schwalbe, the current writer and director of the Pinederado Follies, will speak at our September meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 16th at the San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill. His talk will cover the nature of the Follies, how it is produced, and a brief history.
The Lions Club of Cambria asked Randy to assume the helm of the Follies production in early 2018. Even though it is early in his Follies career, he is off to a great start. Randy has written and directed two widely acclaimed and successful shows so far. He has a third ready to go, however, cancellations these past two years has pushed the next installment up to the 2022 Pinederado weekend. And in addition to becoming more acquainted to this Follies extravaganza, you will get a sneak preview of the next show.
Randy and his wife Mary moved to Cambria full time in 2010 after retiring from careers in aerospace. However, Randy led a Jekyll and Hyde existence while in Southern California, “the Lean guy” at Boeing Satellites by day, and a director/conductor of musicals by night. Randy has a BA in music education from UCLA, and yes, he started out as a high school band director for the first three years of his career. During the first eight years of retirement, Randy conducted the live orchestra at Coast Union High School’s spring musicals as well as stage directing four of them. Currently, Randy serves as the resident conductor of the Atascadero Community Band and leads his trombone quartet called Bone Appetite who has been seen and heard on occasion at the Farmer’s Market.
So, join in the fun learning about the behind-the-scenes antics of the Follies, and why this annual production is considered a cherished gift to ourselves, this beloved community of Cambria.