Lakeside Lutheran High School is nearing its final week of practice for the spring production of the comedy musical “The Nifty Fifties” on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.
In this musical comedy that will have audiences cheering, Gracie Stanley (played by senior Maria Werre, Sun Prairie) has gotten herself in hot water by promising to deliver her distant cousin, rockstar Ziggy Springer (senior Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie), for the high school Hippity Hop at Louise’s Luncheonette. Ziggy’s manager, Lennie, (junior Justin Learned, Watertown) doesn’t want his client performing anywhere without pay, so Gracie and her friends have to produce a double and fast! They use a singing soda jerk (senior Isaiah Coleman, Watertown) and plan to have him perform in the dark! It won’t be easy for Gracie to get away with this one with her rival, snooty Muffin Mansfield (sophomore Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson), waiting for her to flop.
Meanwhile, diner manager Louise (junior Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie) has her own problems. The building’s owner forbids the dance and plans to turn the eatery into a dry cleaner. With all of this happening, Gracie’s brother (senior Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek) is living in terror because he’s smashed up a Harley belonging to Sinbad Gallucci (junior Lucas Schneider, Waterloo), a bad dude.
Will Gracie be able to keep her promise or will she fall flat on her face? Come back to the fifties and see for yourself!
Other 1950s characters include diner waitresses Virginia (junior Sophie Griffin, Madison) and Edna (senior Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie); Muffin’s mean posse Ann (sophomore Anna Bilitz, Madison) and Jane (junior Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills); Gracie’s goodie girlfriends Rose Marie Famiano (senior Emma Guld, Lake Mills) and Evelyn (junior Olivia Fregien, Madison); the nerd Jughead (senior Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove); teen hunk George (junior Al Wood, Madison); beatniks Riff (junior Ben Huebner, Madison) and Misty (freshman Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc); Lennie’s secretary, Beverly (senior Alyson Steffan, Lake Mills); and Officer Moore (sophomore Bronte Perkins, Madison) and Mrs. Nicholson (junior Maddie Klug, Ixonia). A female chorus rounds out the cast that includes senior Gabby Grunewald (Bettendorf, IA), junior Kira Tweit (Madison), sophomore Kendra Kasper (Helenville) and sophomore Hannah Koenig (Cambridge).
The production is directed by Pastors Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel, with choreography by Becca Lauber, musical talent management by Jim Buege and Brian Schmidt, and costuming by Sandra Corlett. Mr. Damon Tracy heads up a crew of student for lights and sound. Students from TechEd, under Mr. Jeff Meske, built the staging, and art students painted, directed by Mrs. Lori Tetzlaff. Student stage managers are junior Rachel Poyner (Madison) and Kristina Meinel The Nifty Fifties is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
The show will be at 7 p.m. each night. Reserved floors seats are available for $8. Advance Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3375667 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Walk-up unreserved bleacher seats will be $5 both nights.