Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The popular Calaveras Follies fundraiser revue returns this weekend after a one-year hiatus.

The celebrity lip-synching event will be back with renewed energy, a new venue and a new theme - "A Night at the Oscars," a Hollywood-themed evening replete with the fanfare of a red carpet, limousines, paparazzi, celebrity sightings and the Follies' signature hilarious musical revue.

More than 15 acts will be performed by 60 local "stars" with a host of celebrity (impersonator) presenters.

The "Elegant Follies Raffle" will be back with golf and rafting adventures, spa experiences, getaways and fine dining paired with local fine wines.

This year's show will be presented Friday and Saturday in the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7:30 p.m. both evenings.

Friday night's performance will allow theater-goers to get a "Sneak Peek" at a reduced price of $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets for the Sneak Peek will only be available at the door or from Bret Harte Leadership students.

Cost for the premier event on Saturday is $35 per person. Reservations can be made at, by calling 800-595-4849 or at the box office one hour before the performance if tickets are still available.

Saturday evening's gala will include valet parking and all the pre-show red carpet excitement.

An exclusive sponsor and cast member after-party sponsored by Tad and Jane Bottomley-Winans will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp.

"Both Jane and Tad have been strong, enduring supporters of the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program and have been instrumental in the success of the Calaveras Follies," said Kathryn Eustis, director of Youth Development and Prevention Programs with the Calaveras County Office of Education. "The Follies just wouldn't be the Follies without their energy and participation. We are absolutely delighted to have them as our after-party hosts again, and to have their generous support of our reinvention of the Follies."

Presented by the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation and the Bret Harte Leadership Class, funds raised comprise up to 50 percent of the operational budget for the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.

For information on the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program and to find information about becoming a mentor, call 736-6078 or visit