The Taffetas

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's 1956 and four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana are making their national television singing debut, in the classic style of a Sunday night television show. SPencer Community Theatre Playhouse is proud to present the sweet harmonies and bebop of the '50s in a nostalgic tribute to the sounds of The Maguire Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, The Fontaine Sisters and The Chordettes.

Any person wanting to escape the real world for a stroll down memory lane shouldn't miss "The Taffetas," conceived by Rick Lewis, running now through Feb. 28.Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 22.

In this cold season, these ladies will warm your hearts as they dance, banter, and sing in their hopes of someday making it onto the Ed Sullivan Show. "Spotlight on Music," a fictitious weekly 1950s television show on the real-life Dumont Television Network, sets the framework for an evening of some of the greatest hits of the 1950s, featuring top tunes from the Hit Parade including Mr. Sandman, Where the Boys Are, Sh-Boom, Tonight You Belong to Me, Johnny Angel, Constantinople, Volare, Tennessee Waltz, See the USA in Your Chevrolet, I'm Sorry, Dedicated to the One I Love, Little Darlin', Love Letters in the Sand, How Much is that Doggie in the Window, L-O-V-E, and many others.

Opening off-Broadway almost two years before it's male counterpart "Forever Plaid," "The Taffetas" has made nostalgia what it is today! Critics have said "Taffetas" is "Delightful- a charming show with a bright future" (NY Times), "Fast-paced and funny" (People), and "an irresistible show- hilarious!" (Gannet).

The cast includes Barb Larson as Kaye, Jill Barr as Cheryl, Jean Johnson as Peggy, and Nicole Stauffer as Donna. Bonnie Dalager is directing. Amy Knoup serves as the musical director and Kim Steffen is the choreographer. "The Taffetas" features an on-stage band with Jerry Jones on bass, Jim Rusk on drums, Amy Hilligren Peterson on piano, and Emily Blok on percussion. the show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets can be purchased by calling (712) 262-7336..