2019: The Big BOOM Theory

As usual, we’ve had fun melding fact and fiction with this summer’s show, The Big BOOM Theory, and, as you can guess, it has characters based on the popular TV series The Big Bang Theory. It follows the story of a young female metallurgist who travels to the Rossland area to get work at Consolidated Mining and Smelting —the predecessor of TECK. But as can be expected, she faces that glass ceiling that women are still confronted with today—and is refused work because she is a woman. Having run out of money, she is left with little options but to work in the Bodega Hotel as a dance hall girl. But she refuses to give up on the idea of working as the trained scientist that she is, and has to figure out a way to prove herself. How she goes about that will be revealed once you see the show!


Skis and Skates Cast

Imagine no right to vote and rarely seen out of the home…where domestic duties dominated the world that women lived in! That was life for most women of the late 1800s and early 1900s. But not so for the pioneering women of Rossland and the Kootenays! In 1900, for a mere 50¢ each, women were invited to join a Women’s Hockey Club as a novelty sport in the Rossland Winter Carnival, a carnival that began two years earlier in 1898. Women’s history was about to undergo a dramatic change. At first, reports were mostly about the well-dressed women of the Rossland Hockey team. Soon, however, their determination and athletic abilities convinced the male-dominated society that they weren’t a mere novelty team, but a team to be taken seriously. The team went undefeated for 17 years, and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2018.

Our story SKIS & SKATES is based on that early Rossland Women’s Hockey Team of 1900. While we’ve had fun melding much fiction with history, some of the details of our story are based on facts. Olaus and his feats on skis are all true; Lester and Dora Patricks were real people, and their accomplishments in the world of hockey are also all true. We’ve just manipulated timelines in order to include the Patricks into that first year of Women’s Hockey in the Kootenays.

But enough about that! Sit back and enjoy our little story of triumph—triumph on the slopes and ice, triumph of the will, and triumph of the heart.

Naughty Knickers Night 2018 Poster

Sunday, August 19th
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 7:30 pm

Tickets must be purchased in advance at Goldrush Bookstore, Curiosity Clothing & Gifts, Revival Boutique, or The Colander Restaurant.

2017: The Red Mountain

In 1890, while in “unexplored” territory, high up in the Monashee Mountains, Joe Moris discovers red rocks in between patches of snow at the base of one particular mountain. With no supplies, Moris heads to Nelson in hopes to stock up, and waits for the summer before returning to this profitable location. While in Nelson, he meets Anna, a saloon girl, and the two quickly become smitten. But when the snow begins to melt. Moris puts his feelings aside and departs back to the red rocks. On his way up the mountain, he is met with freakish snowstorms and dangerous wildlife which keep him halted for weeks. Stuck in the area which is now the road from Trail to Rossland, Moris wonders— Should he have left his newfound love behind? Or will his discovery at “The Red Mountain” be worth it?

Saturday, August 5th

12:30 PM at the Miners Hall

5$ ticket special!


Sunday, August 20th
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 7:30 pm

Tickets must be purchased in advanced at Red Pair, Miners Hall or The Colander.



2016 Cast of LOVE and BUSINESS

People are arriving in Rossland from all over the world to make a living in the mines and the storefronts of Columbia Avenue, and business is booming… except for the Velvet Hotel and its proprietor, Willabilla. Joseph Luckenbel has made a name for himself as Rossland’s barber, but his earnings aren’t enough to buy the engagement ring he needs to propose to Willa. Lucky for them, two banks have taken interest in becoming the first bank in Rossland, and they are in need of prime real estate. When the barbershop and hotel open their doors to the new visitors, Joe and Willa find themselves on opposite sides of Rossland’s Great Bank Race. But will the help of Willa’s quirky new friends be enough to save her hotel from closure? Can Joe find the courage to tell her how he really feels? And which bank will land the deal with British mine mogul, Whitaker Wright, to become Rossland’s premier bank? LOVE and BUSINESS have never been more intertwined in Southern BC’s golden town.

We’re performing at a different venue for this summer! We’ll be performing at the old Bank of Montreal building in downtown Rossland. Find us on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Washington Street.

Naught Knickers Night Poster

Sunday, August 14th and Sunday, August 21st
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets must be purchased in advanced at Clancey’s Cafe, the BMO Building or The Colander.

2015: Summer is Coming!

2015 Cast of Summer is Coming!

Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Summer is Coming follows a Rossland Volunteer Fire Fighter, Julian, who falls in love at first sight with Romola, a girl from Trail. Will a long-time feud between these two cities keep these two star-crossed lovers apart, or will love conquer all? Meanwhile, Fire Chief Guthrie attempts to prepare Rossland for the inevitable fire season, but his efforts seem to be thwarted at every turn by Alderman Flute.


Sunday, August 9
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Show at 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand!
Sunday, August 16

Tickets must be purchased in advanced at the Miner’s Hall, Clansey’s Cafe or The Colander.

2014: Off the Rails!

2014 Cast of OFF THE RAILS!

The newly formed Rossland Miners’ Union has just made history—it’s negotiated an eight hour work day, much thanks to the work of the president of the Union, Wally Johnson. The owners of the mines, who are against the eight hours, hire a man by the name of Swain—his mission: sabotage the Union at any cost. Will Swain succeed, or will the town come together in time to thwart his evil plans?


Sunday, August 10
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
Cash bar and snack items!

Tickets must be purchased in advanced at the Miners Hall or Cafe Books or contact John at: 19johnhan88@gmail.com

2013: A Job Well Done

2013 Cast of A JOB WELL DONE!

Every summer for the past 27 years, the Gold Fever Follies have put on a different show, each loosely based on the historic events and people of Rossland’s early gold rush days. This year’s A Job Well Done, written by past Follies member, Kate Eldridge, takes place in the Columbia, a new dancehall that was the first of its kind. Many new cast members have joined in for this summer.  The times and dates are listed to the right and the historic Miners’ Hall is waiting for you to come visit.


2012: John vs. John

2012 Cast of JOHN VS JOHN

Welcome back to another season of the Gold Fever Follies.  This year we have another great script written by Brian Turner of Rossland.  Boris Vdovine and Drew Chale return to write the catchy music that the GFF has been known for.  Many new cast members have joined in for this summer.  The times and dates are listed to the right and the historic Miners’ Hall is waiting for you to come visit.

See you there!

Naughty Knickers Night


Farewell to the 25th

When September hits, the Follies has sadly come to an end. The 25th season entitled The Race, The Voice, and the Gentlewomen had a great run.

The man who started it all, Ray Furlotte, watched over this season and now has a few final words:

I personally want to thank everyone who worked on this show to make it such a memorable season:

Brian Turner who wrote the script, Drew Chale and Boris Vdovine who wrote the music,  RJ Peters for bringing life to the words and music, Lisa Henderson for finding the actors, the actors with a wide variety of  creative contribution and skills, Shirley and Larry McLim who got the stage and actors visibly ready with a great sets and costumes, our sponsors, the city of Rossland who supplied a venue for our work, and all the folks at Seed Marketing who helped to increase our attendance by 30%.

We are already talking about plans for next year. People have expressed interest in writing and music for the 2012 show. We hope to attract actors and musicians from the eastern sector of Canada for the new season as well.

Jason Whitley will keep our website up to date so check the site regularly for news regarding auditions. We will have that information up soon.”

And to our loyal fans, we’ll see you next year!

We Are The Music Men

Music is key (piano pun intended) when putting together a production like ours. Last year, the Gold Fever Follies asked two young men, Drew Chale and Boris Vdovine to write the music for Trapped In The Murphy Inn along with performing in the show. They did such a good job, they were asked back this year to write some more.

Boris: “(We were) very excited to hear that they wanted our music again. That means we did something right, right?”


Drew: “This year I knew exactly what I was getting into. I was also aware of the new challenges that would arise from doing everything from across Canada.”

Yes, the boys had to communicate their ideas from Ontario to the director and executives via email.

Boris:”…  (and everything) had to be finalized to the max, because unfortunately, we couldn’t be there to teach the music to the cast.

Drew: “This year we had access to iSTARS recording studio, so it made it really easy to record and score all of the music before we sent it off to Rossland.”

What’s their whole process like working together?

Drew: “Well, I find cowriting is all about arguing and fighting; thinking your idea is better than your partners — ”

Boris: “ — Passionate arguing.”

Drew: “I think this process naturally edits the songs as you work to reach a compromise. Boris and I work really well together. He is a pianist while I’m a guitarist. Boris is completely in charge of the piano accompaniment. For example, if I write a song on the guitar, he will transcribe it to the piano. Because of this, Boris turned out to write the majority of the music while I wrote the majority the lyrics.”

Once their work is done, it’s up to Matthew Johnson, the music director, to work with the cast on getting it complete.

Drew: “Matty J did a fantastic job by applying little tweaks to the music and lyrics. It made everything fit fantastically.”

Boris: “Matt is such an amazing person and a great friend. He’s completely open minded, ready to take action, a great sense of humor, so naturally, it was only a pleasure working with him — even though he never went jacuzzi hoppin’ with the rest of the boys.”

Jacuzzi  hoppin’?

Boris: “Inside joke.”

And, funny enough, both Boris and Drew’s favourite song from the last two seasons, is one that Matt sang.

Boris: At Peace holds a very special place in my heart because Matty Jay did such a good job on a song. He made people smile through tears!”

Drew: “The show would not be the same without him.”

So, did they manage to come back to the Kootenays to see their music performed on the stage? Yes and no.

Drew: “I got to see it! Woo hoo! It was funny being in the audience instead of on the stage. I could sense all the nerves from the performers singing my material for me. Each one of them made eye contact and smiled at me at one point or another during the show.”

Boris: “I didn’t see the show. It’s extremely hard knowing you won’t be able to see the show live. It’s like your wife went through 16 hours of labour to give birth to a beautiful baby boy, and you missed it ‘cause you were in Dubai or right in the middle the guerrilla warfare.”

Drew: “I also regret that I was unable to perform with the Gold Fever Follies this 2011 season.”

Boris: “And I didn’t get to spend a weekend in the Rocky Mountains!”

Don’t worry, there’s always next year, guys.


Both Boris and Drew agreed that Gutted Like A Fish was their favourite song this summer. The man who sings it is Harris Anderson; we wanted to see if it was his favourite. We found the pianist on his dinner break eating a bowl of rice when we popped the question.

“No. My favourite song is Who Won The Race?. I’m really proud of working with Matthew and turning what was originally a 30-second song into the big number that it is with all those dance breaks.”

Harris finished by having a spoonful of rice. We asked him how it was.

“This rice is pretty good.”

We believed him. That’s why when the interview was over, we got a bowl of our very own.