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Keith Carradine

Family 'Follies'

Will Rogers Follies

Bring the family.

That saying is usually directed at audiences by over-eager theater owners. But for the Howard County Summer Theatre, it's an internal memo that could be emblazoned on its dressing room doors.

Members of no less than seven families will act together in this summer's production of "The Will Rogers Follies," which opens July 8. A family-friendly atmosphere largely defines this 38-year-old troupe, which gets active just once a year for a big production showcasing local talent that runs the gamut when it comes to ages.

"Most of the shows we do feature kids," explains longtime director Tom Sankey. "So...