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Follies at crunch time: Cast prepares for the big show

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Costumer Connie Morris handed out shiny black dresses with a friendly warning to her fellow Follies dancers, “These are tighter than you realize. Trust me, I’ve worn them.” With just a week left before the variety show’s premiere, the Performing Arts Center hummed with excitement as the 150-or-so cast members tried on costumes for the first time. Some zipped up candy-colored space suits or wrapped themselves in green feather boas. The women in black shimmied in front of a full-length mirror on stage before the next number.

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