The Upper Arlington High School choral department kicks off its performance season today (Thursday, Oct. 27) with Fall Follies, a variety show of songs and choreography.

The Upper Arlington High School choral department kicks off its performance season today (Thursday, Oct. 27) with Fall Follies, a variety show of songs and choreography.

This year’s production is themed “The Great American Songbook,” covering a body of musical work from between 1920 and 1960, according to director Eric Kauffman.

“They exemplify popular songwriting at its best, with brilliant lyrics set to indefinable harmonies and gorgeous melodies, and stand among America’s authentic cultural treasures,” Kauffman said. “I think our audience will be wowed by the caliber of the solo acts and the choir numbers this year.”

Fall Follies will incorporate hundreds of students across the district’s six choral programs, and will include solo and small group performances of music, dance and Vaudeville-style entertainment. Some of this year’s numbers include “Strangers in the Night,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Mack the Knife” and Gershwin’s “I Can’t Get Started.”

The 2011 Fall Follies presentation of “The Great American Songbook” opens at 7:30 p.m. in the UAHS auditorium, 1650 Ridgeview Road. Performances are also scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with all performances at the high school auditorium. Ticket information can be found online at www.UAVocalMusic.org., or by calling 614-487-5240, ex. 7464.

— Lin Rice