About Us

Frivolous Follies was established because we saw a need for a vaudeville variety show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The entertainers in this group have a wide variety of talents, and we are excited to put them together in a vaudeville style show for all to enjoy.  The acts in the show are of the same style as a vaudeville show of the era: singing, comedy, and burlesque, just to name a few.  Because of the "adult nature" of some of the acts, the preferred audience age is 21 and up.

 

 

Sweet Vidalia

(Frivolous Follies Producer / Entertainer):

Amy "Sweet Vidalia" McDaniel  is excited about this group, mainly because she gets to do so many different things!  She sings and dances in her acts, choreographs her acts and provides input on some of the other ones, writes the commercials and the drunk history acts, and has learned how to create a website and how to produce and manage a cast and crew of almost 40 people.  The rewards are many and the applause from the audiences at the shows are the best payment!!!  When Amy isn't on stage, she is volunteering at the Humane Society of West Michigan as an adoption counselor, and taking care of her three fur babies: Mazie, Bindi, and Trooper.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Kylie Piette (Stage Manager):

 

Kylie C. Piette (Stage Manager) welcomes you to the first Frivolous Follies!  Kylie is no stranger to the Grand Rapids theater scene; she most often stage manages and/or assistant directs for Civic productions, including The Mousetrap, The Boatwright, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music (2007 and 2013), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz (2011); Hairspray; Peter Pan (2010); Sarah, Plain and Tall; Joseph...Dreamcoat; the 25th Annual...Spelling Bee; 1776; and ...Cuckoo’s Nest.  Kylie's first love is directing; she directed TIP$ The Musical for Heritage Theatre Group; Closer and Hair: The Concert Experience for Theater616; entries in Actors Theatre's Living on the Edge series; Civic's Traveling Troupe production of The Stinky Cheese Man...; and Little Shop of Horrors and Fame for Rogers High School.  Kylie has additionally performed in Civic's Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig), Cinderella ('09), A Wonderful LifeOklahoma!, and The Wizard of Oz (05) in addition to Circle Celebrates...Woodstock for Circle.  When she's not onstage or behind it, she hangs out at the Civic box office or works at not quitting her day job for the State of Michigan.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Juggler Gerry / The Great Geraldo (Entertainer/MC):

Juggler Gerry was inspired to take up juggling as a family project with both of his sons. He is fond of saying, " A family that juggles together throws a lot of things around." He is the past President of the Grand Rapids Juggling Club and has hosted four American regional juggling festivals at the UICA. Coming from a background in radio and theater Gerry has taken to juggling as a professional sideline for the past twenty years. Highlights include juggling as a featured artist in several Opera Grand Rapids productions as well as in a variety of plays, local television shows, variety shows and Vaudeville productions, including two previous Vaudeville shows at Wealthy Theater. He has also attended and performed at The Hawaiian Vaudeville Festival. Another highlight is an interview of his on National Public Radio which can be found at the website NPR.com.

Shows: 11/5/16 (performer), 3/4/17 (performer and MC)

Russ McDaniel (Helper Monkey):

Russ McDaniel went to Siena Heights College and had a minor in technical theatre, so he is proficient behind the scenes.  With Frivolous Follies he has helped create prop pieces, tailor costume pieces, design the easel for signs per act, hand paint the Frivolous Follies sign, set up the stage for performance, and lay out the merchandise table.  His duties are basically "anything that is needed to be done".  He enjoys being a part of the "flavor" of the group!

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Old Rules (Entertainers):

Old Rules Barbershop Quartet are the 2016 Pioneer District Senior Quartet Champions. They have been singing together for three years. The singers are: Dennis Brown, Tenor; Doug Weaver, Lead; RT Wiliams, Baritone; and Al Smith, Bass.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

 Rockin' Rovers Karen and Diana

with dogs Lark and Lilli (Entertainers):

Karen and Diana met in dog dancing class four years ago. They had no idea that bringing herding dogs together could so much fun. Karen now presents her 2 year-old Collie, Lark. Karen rescued Lark from Kentucky and trains in many beginning venues in the Grand Rapids area. These include obedience, rally, and agility. Lilli spends her summers in northern New Mexico on a cattle ranch.  Although she has been in various trainings, her love is moving cows. We are part of a very active and diverse group of friends and their dogs called the “Rockin’ Rovers.” We perform at libraries, nursing homes, schools, 4-H, benefits, and where ever our dancing provides entertainment. A brainstorm flash was, “Hey our herding dogs would be great in a routine together.” Hopefully you enjoy our antics.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Maid Marian (Entertainer):

 

Maid Marian has been a part of Michigan's burlesque scene since 2013. She has performed with such well known groups as The Pontani Sisters and Danger Damsels Burlesque, and is known for her sultry and playful stage presence. A natural performer, she can also be found on the pages of pin up magazines and on her fan page, facebook.com/maidmarianinmi. When not gracing us on the social media boards and in pictures she can be found exploring the nuances of inexpensive wines, giggling with friends and happily snuggling any dog she comes across.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Mariea Luisa (Entertainer):

Mariea Luisa has been modeling and performing on stage & screen for the last 8+ years. Actively working in film, commercial, print, theater, avant-garde theater, and recently wrapped a principal role in the feature film Return of the Scarecrow. Mariea studied Advertising/PR and trained in theater at Grand Valley State University. You can usually find her at a Ms. Pac Man table, reading a script at the bar or coffee shop, or watching old movies. Mariea loves exploring the outdoors, going on spontaneous adventures, and staying active with Yoga and weight lifting. Her film and modeling work can be found on her website: mariealuisamacavei.com

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Lady Tuesday (Entertainer):

Avery R. Mills (aka Lady Tuesday, aka Wanda Wiseacre in the 11/5/16 show) is no stranger to the stage.  She has been singing, dancing, and acting for as long as she can remember.  She is having great fun being a part of the show!

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Kunigunde (Entertainer):

KUNIGUNDE is a paprika farmer and part time matchmaker who loves to collect garbage, and in her spare time runs a cockfighting ring out of her cellar.  She's known around her hometown for her luxurious body hair, casting superb hexes, and scaring off snakes, crows, and orphans. See her after the show for a palm reading or a homemade salve for your moderate to severe skin conditions and/or ennui.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Valerie “Glitterbiscuits” Voiture (Entertainer):

No shrinking violet, Valerie Manglitz Boerema, also affectionately known as "Glitterbiscuits," is Michigan's most well known and widely published international pin up model cover girl. Valerie is also a certified sign language interpreter and is thrilled to bring her love of physical expression and penchant for the spotlight to the Frivolous Follies stage!

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Drake Bellevue (Entertainer):     

Definitely no stranger to being in front of rough and vocal crowds, as his history includes stand up comedy, hosting burlesque, acting in films, and improv theater. Drake has also traveled the world extensively during his time in the US Navy. A true entertainer at heart, he still has childhood dreams to accomplish like getting his Richard Pryor tattoo and become a pro wrestler.

In his free time, his hobbies include playing with cats, meowing at strangers, and eating cheese...with his cat.  And volunteers at West Michigan kitty katt shelters while listening to Tenacious D.

Shows: 11/5/16

Brandi Craft (Entertainer):

The debut performance of Frivolous Follies was Brandi's first performance on stage EVER!!!!  She has always been interested in performing but never gave it a try before.  With a little nudge from the performers of Frivolous Follies, she decided it was time to get up on stage.  Now she's hooked!

Shows: 11/5/16

Wendy Dae (Stagehand):

Wendy has been involved in the performing arts for many years, but her recent passion has been to be a part of the pin up world!  She is a part of Pin Ups for Patriots, and has placed in several pin up contests.  She is excited to be a part of Frivolous Follies, and hopes to be a part of it for a long, long time.  She sings, she dances, she acts, and she wants to show you all of her skills in the next show!

Shows: 11/5/16

Tim M. Priest (Entertainer / Stagehand):

Tim began his professional photography career in 1982 at the age of twenty-three. Starting as a commercial photographer and also now as a nationally known fashion shooter for the past 24years, working out of Chicago and Grand Rapids photographing many International Models . In 1987 he was named Michigan Photographer of the Year, andin 1989 at the age of 29, he was the youngest photographer in Michigan’s history to receive PPA’s Master of Photography Degree which he did with his commercial work and then the Photographic Craftsman Degree one year later. His work has been awarded numerous National and International titles. Tim’s images have also traveled around the world on display in the “International Study Committee Exhibit” and the “World Congress of Professional Photography Exhibit” Tim has also had his book “Amazing Women Of West Michigan” published by a National publisher and has written articles for the Professional Photographers of America Magazine, as well as finishing a 15 month project as photographer for an art book published by Yale University Press, of the Chicago Botanic Garden prestigious Bonsai collection. He is an International Speaker and is currently on a National speaking tour. Tim is Sponsored by Allied Imaging Lab, Photo EvoPro and Aurora Lite Bank.

Shows: 11/5/16, 3/4/17

Mandy Sikkema (Saleswoman Extraordinaire):

Mandy Sikkema: Ph.D in Shenanigans from Brass Ring University, master storyteller, black belt wingman, world traveler, armchair psychologist, gourmet cook, wine and craft brew aficionado. Gushing fan of theater, art, and music; woefully lacking talent in those areas.  She’s also a crackup, who can converse about quantum physics and cowboy boots.

Shows: 3/4/17

Leena Allure (Entertainer):

Leena Allure, nationally published pin up model turned burlesque starlet has taken over the heart of Detroit. Her striptease is very reminiscent of the classic burlesque with her sultry style and seductive movements. She has been performing in all types of burlesque events across Michigan and Ohio. This vixen not only embodies the vintage lifestyle but, even in an apocalypse, she still rocks her never ending curves and her retro flair.

Shows: 3/4/17

Angel Jenio (Entertainer):

Angel is a dancer and choreographer based in Lansing, Michigan. She has been dancing in some form for nearly her entire life and has trained in ballet, jazz, tap and Middle Eastern dance. She specializes in solo and partner dances from the swing era, including Lindy Hop, Charleston and vernacular jazz. She is also the proud mom of two rescue cats.

Shows: 3/4/17

Sarah McLellan (Entertainer):

Sarah McLellan is a dancer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Specializing in solo and partner dances from the swing era, she teaches at and helps organize a local Lindy Hop scene. When she is not in the studio or traveling the Midwest and beyond for dance competitions and workshops, Sarah can be found searching for the perfect wine and cheese pairings, slinging espresso, or petting as many dogs as she possibly can on any given day.

Shows: 3/4/17

Mr. Pointy (Entertainer):

Mr. Pointy (Brandon McElfish) grew up in a small town in Northern West Michigan. There was not a surplus of things for a young man to do.  So, when at an early age he was introduced to knife throwing, a passion was quickly born.  He currently lives in Holland Michigan and when not throwing knives or at his full time job he can be found working with Shelter dogs at the Humane Society, his other Passion.  Mr. Pointy occasionally teaches interested men and women the art of knife throwing to do what he can to keep this traditional past-time alive.

Shows: 3/4/17

ADC (Entertainer):

Classy with a touch of danger, alluring and untouchable, ADC (Alicia Deven Clark) captivates her audience with confidence and finesse. Multi-talented onstage, her ever-evolving talents include singing Rock and Blues, Dancing as a Go-Go Girl, Freestyle, Robo-Flow, and Emotional Movement. She is also a highly-demanded Burlesque Dancer and Model. ADC grew up on the stage as a Theatre student; with her B.A in Theatre, she took her career forward as a Professional Actress and has appeared in over 50 movies and several national commercials. Prefers leather and chains over lace, but can rock either Naughty or Nice. She aims to please, and sticks to the Strange. ADC is not your typical model, she is a storyteller with a body of a dancer, and the soul of a seductress.

Shows: 3/4/17

Jellybean (Entertainer):

Jellybean: also known as Jessica Perazzolo, is a Chicago native who moved to Michigan in 2012. She has a plethora of talents including performance arts of burlesque, hula hooping, and ice skating, as well as being a professional horticulturist! A jellybean of many flavors!

Shows: 3/4/17

Karen Sue Bradford (Entertainer):

Karen Sue is a wife of one amazing man, mother of four great children and grandmother of nine fantastic kids.  Whether directing or acting or writing - theatre is an escape from her exciting job in insurance.   She is thrilled to be part of Frivolous Follies, if only to honor her late father who was a huge Sophie Tucker fan, and to make her family proud and slightly embarrassed at the same time – as in “Gross, THAT’S my Wife/Mom?”  And she can cross “worked with snakes” off her bucket list.     

Shows: 3/4/17

Mark Moran (pianist):

 

Mark Moran is a full-time freelance musician/actor. He’s performed in most theatre venues in West Michigan, and currently plays piano for The Rhythm Section Jazz Band, the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet, and the Dance Dept. at Hope College.

Shows: 11/5/16

Like Mother/Like Daughter -

The Twinkle Toe Tappers (Entertainers):

 

Martha Bowman and Sarah Bowman Peterson are both classically trained musicians who love to "let their hair down" and kick up their heels!  Martha has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony as Principal Bassoon for 41 years.  Having recently retired, she is finding other pursuits, such as working as an Adoption Counselor for The Humane Society of West Michigan, and taking up tapping again, which she has done off and on over the years for other fundraisers for the community. Sarah Bowman Peterson has followed in her parents footsteps by becoming a Professional Oboist and a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music.  She is currently the Music Librarian for The Grand Rapids Symphony.  Having taken dance lessons at The Ken Tepper Dance Studio (years ago), she is reviving her dance talent, having not danced since before giving birth to 2 daughters!  We are looking forward to joining the Frivolous Follies ensemble and having FUN!!! 

Shows: 11/5/16

Magdalena Golightly (Entertainer):

Magdalena revels in playing with fire. She began as a majorette at age eight & has been twirling fire batons since she can remember. She has experience with the Danger Damsels Burlesque troupe as a kitten and as a performer. A lover of all things vintage, she has participated in several pin-up pageants including Miss Skin Deep & the Metro Cruise. She has been featured in magazines such as Ink Magazine (available online), Sheeba, Far`andula & Metro Cruise. You can follow her misadventures on her FB fan page under Magdalena Golightly. In her spare time she can be found desperately trying to get her batons to perform the Incendio spell.

Shows: 11/5/16

Trixie Von Hopps (Entertainer):

 

This sassy siren and pinup model is new to the burlesque scene. Singing is in her blood and she has been performing since she was a child. Trixie has also been known to summon kitties with her songs! Trixie is a nationally published pinup model and a member of Pinups For Patriots. You can find her on her fan page www.facebook.com/trixievonhopps.  When she isn’t performing, Trixie loves craft beer and nerdy things!

Shows: 11/5/16

Wiley Wiseacre (entertainer/janitor):

Born into a showbiz family, Wiley’s father Wally, was a famous Klezmer harpist and his mother, Wilma, a Tasmanian polka dancer on the Lawrence Welk show. His uncle Warren mucked stables at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and his 2nd cousin, once removed, soloed in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility Choir. 

Wiley’s career got an early start doing stand-up in his crib. His breast jokes remain the gold standard among the toddler set. In grade school, his bawdy earthworm impersonations drew crowds on the playground and in high school he was well known for his pencil suppository routine. 

This is Wiley’s first venture into the world of burlesque. Although the idea of getting naked in public has never been a problem for him he’s been told to keep his clothes on after that one cameo appearance in tidy whities.

Wiley would like to thank his wives Wanda, Winny, Wendy, and Winston for allowing him this opportunity to pun-ish yet another audience.

Shows: 11/5/16

Just Shake Something Bellydancers (entertainers):

 

At its beginning as a series of classes offered in the Holland community, “Just Shake Something” became a mantra for the instructors and participants. As the class developed, both an understanding of various styles of belly dance and feelings of confidence and empowerment began to spread like wildfire. In performance, the “Just Shake Something” group shares this joy with audience members, encouraging interaction and celebration during the traditional and modern forms of ancient dance. The group marries the practices of Middle Eastern, Turkish, Egyptian, hula, Oriental and American tribal styles with any music, though generally not the usual. Led by experienced belly dance instructors and choreographers, the group encourages the expression of movement no matter the age, size, mobility, or training of an individual dancer. They present these dances with the hope that it will inspire more people to “Just Shake Something”.

Shows: 11/5/16

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