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Buddy is Back

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spencer Community Theatre has been invited to reprise the hit musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," as part of the Winter Dance Party festivities celebrating the life and music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" premiered at SCT in February 2008 to sold-out houses and an extended run. Word about the show spread to Clear Lake, where a Winter Dance Party is held every year to commemorate the lives of the great musicians who played their last concert at the Surf Ballroom before the tragic accident where they died with pilot Roger Peterson of Alta.

This February marks the 50th anniversary of that final concert, and a week of plays, symposiums, and concerts make up this year's 50th Anniversary Winter Dance Party. SCT has been invited to be a part of the exciting Festival and will be re-mounting and performing "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," as part of the festival on Sunday, February 1 at 1 p.m. with a special Preview Fundraiser Performance in Spencer on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" tells the story of the three years in which Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," "Oh Boy," "Rave On," "Heartbeat," "Maybe Baby," "Raining In My Heart," as well as Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" all performed live on stage.

This feel-good musical has garnered worldwide praise and numerous prestigious awards and nominations.

"Buddy" follows the tragically short life of Buddy Holly from his first recording contract, his marriage to a young Puerto Rican girl named Maria Elena, through to his move to New York and concluding with the fatal tour of the Midwest.

"Buddy" is directed by veteran SCT directors Jan Edmondson and Kathy Krebsbach with Musical Direction by Amy Knoup. The large cast features Chad Elliott (Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, and Pump Boys & Dinettes) as Buddy Holly, Scott Meier (It's A Wonderful Life, My Way) as the Big Bopper, and Karli Frerichs (Beauty and the Beast, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress) as Maria Elena.

Over 17 million people have come to see "Buddy" all across the globe- many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to.

SCT will be holding a one-night-only Preview Fundraising performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at the Old Middle School Auditorium in Spencer. Funds raised will go toward performance venues while the SCT Playhouse undergoes renovation next season.

Tickets for the Spencer preview performance of "Buddy" are $20 and go on sale January 20 (call 262-7336 to order.) . Box office hours for this production are 11- 5 Monday through Friday.

The Winter Dance Party performance of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" debuts Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. in the state-of-the-art theatre of Northern Iowa Area Community College campus in Mason City. Tickets can be reserved at (641) 357-6151 or www.surfballroom.com. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door if seats are still available.