LAFLIN — Lights, camera, action! Showcasing area talent, the community and parish of St. Maria Goretti Church shared an evening of laughter and music Sunday during the 19th annual Laflin Follies.
The annual event is “just a way to give back to the church,” said Peggy Sosnak, event chairwoman.
Backstage, battling a small dose of stage fright, the cast prepared to go on. In the church hall, the audience filled the seats to capacity.
Noting the entire event was free, Sosnak said the door prizes raffled off during intermission and refreshments were available for all to enjoy.
Laflin Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo said the free talent show gets everyone involved. Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon said he is very proud of the talent that resides within the parish.
Kicking off the night, the Dallas Middle School Cheerleaders welcomed everyone with a opening cheer and choreography demonstration.
The evening lasted about two hours and featured 23 different acts ranging from skits such as the Teddy Bear Picnic, in which one unsuspecting hiker happened upon a adorable bear having a picnic, to musical renditions of “Don’t Stop Believ’n”, “Just the Way You Are” and “Romeo.”
Tickling the ivories, Jack Pryor played the “Aardvark Boogie,” and Andrew Phillips rendered “The Entertainer.”
Yazurlo, dressed like Groucho Marx, took to the stage for a comedic break.
“Why did the vampire get fired from his job with the blood bank?” she asked. “He was caught drinking on the job.”
Mary Buckley and Susan Porter-Allen sang “Let It Be” with a vocal talent that brought a round of applause. The duo announced they were nursing students of Sosnak and were recruited to perform.
Theresa and Stan Buckley, Wilkes-Barre, Buckley’s parents, sat in the audience with a bouquet of flowers for her.
“She took singing lessons,” Theresa Buckley said. “She was wonderful.”
Marie Fearick, Laflin, said she comes every year.
“They are all great,” Fearick said.