Every couple of years, until perhaps 1998 or so, those old thespians, singers, hoofers and roadies spent four or five weeks of their lives for the theater. Each performance saw the ranks thin some, unfortunately, as someone passed away. A couple of years ago, Morrie Goldbeck, an early ’70s original, died, and 30 or 40 of us gathered at Coaches, in honor of Morrie and as a sort of reunion.
I would be remiss not to note that over the years, other younger folks from OU and elsewhere were involved in the production. All of my sons spent multiple years doing lighting, curtains, and stage crew work.
I have no idea how much money was raised over the years. Many thousands of dollars, both for the hospital and the theater. I suggest a plaque be placed at the Sooner Theatre noting the names of the shows done for the “Sooner Theatre Follies” and thanking a rapidly dwindling group of old performers for the memories.
Mike McDanel, a retired thespian, hoofer, lawyer and singer, lives in Norman.