With a 15-piece band of experienced musicians and the extraordinary talent of a group of back-up singers, more than 25 gifted singers will take to the stage for each of the performances in the auditorium of Ninth Grade Academy, 900 South Main Avenue, Fayetteville. Add to that the humor of a great script and cast, as well as the performances of some talented dancers, and the show is sure to be another hit for the fundraiser, which will again this year benefit the Multi-County Cancer Support Network.
Three people have been an integral part of the show for all 31 years – Cary Sullivan, who helped organize the first show and is still very much involved, and Lucy Cowley and Mickie Bigham, who are back-up singers members of the acapella group, Simply Fabulous, that performs at different events representing the Fabulous Fifties Show.
“These dedicated people have seen many great things happen on and off the stage during the making of the shows,” said Jane Wilcox, producer, who herself has been very involved in many of the shows. “We are so fortunate that they have lent their talents to make the Fabulous Fifties Show such a success throughout the years.”
The inspiration for the show came when Fayetteville’s Peggy Mann watched a variety show in Shelbyville more than three decades ago – “Mrs. Mann had the vision of starting a similar show in Fayetteville and got busy making it happen,” said Mrs. Wilcox. “She called Cary Sullivan to assemble talent and sell tickets, and enlisted Edith McKay to write the script – thus, the Fabulous Fifties Show was born!”
Over the course of the show’s 31 years, there have been only five producers of the show – they are the ones who’ve pulled off miracles by meeting deadlines, finding last-minute replacements for singers, actors and musicians, even on the night of a performance, arranging schedules and making sure everyone is where they need to be.
The cast of actors will include Lauren Clardy, Randy Delap, Kinsie Gault, Rickey Honey, Joey Locker, Mark Mitchell, Sara Jo Pierce, John Richardson, and Catherine Bartlett.
In the band will be Jeff Barnes on bass guitar; Mickie Bigham, tambourine; Lauren Clardy, fiddle; J.B. Cox, trombone; Connor Fowler, trombone; Evann Fowler, saxophone; Samuel Fowler, clarinet; Dr. Chris Gafford, drums; Casey Jenkins on organ, synthesizer and guitar; Nick Krishnan, alto saxophone; Sammy Luna, banjo and rhythm guitar; Jacob Painter, harmonica; Dale Pierce, rhythm and lead guitar; Mary Jane Porter, keyboard; and Garrett Rutledge, trumpet.
The back-up singers will include Mickie Bigham, Lucy Cowley, Andrea Delap, Mike Hines, Josh Ogle, and Sharon Williams.
Singers performing this year are Mickie Bigham, Brett Boyd, Jason Caldwell, Lauren Clardy, Lucy Cowley, Odessa Dangerfield, Andrea Delap, Nici Gill, Susan Hamilton, Mike Hines, Casey Jenkins, Nick Krishnan, Josh Ogle, Jacob Painter, Dale Pierce, Sara Jo Pierce, John Richardson, Gladys Simpson, Dorothy Small, Ben Spears, Erin Sutton, Brianne Towry, Shay Ulrich, Dorothy Webb, Jeff Wilcox, and Sharon Williams.
And dancers performing in the show will include Jessica Buckley, Makinsie Gault, Jacob Painter, Ben Spears, Shelby Thrasher, and Jeff Wilcox.
Making a play on the musical scales and the scales of justice, this year’s show is set in Night Court.
Eight performances are set – those include 7 p.m. shows on March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. There are also two matinees, each beginning at 1:30 p.m., March 18 and March 25.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted free if held by an adult. Outlets include Bagley and Bagley Insurance, Bank of Lincoln County, Carter’s Drug Store, CB&S Bank, the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, First Commerce Bank, First National Bank, and the Lincoln County Trustee’s Office at the Lincoln County Courthouse.
People not able to visit one of the ticket outlets may contact Cary Sullivan at 931-433-3933 for tickets.