The 31st Annual Fabulous Fifties Show, “Rockin’ the Scales”, is just a week away from its opening performances in the auditorium of Ninth Grade Academy, 900 South Main Avenue, here in Fayetteville.
Making a play on the musical scales and the scales of justice, this year’s show is set in Night Court and sure to make audiences roar with laughter and tap their toes to the beat of all the great music.
“The show is a family-friendly extravaganza composed of singers, dancers, a 15-piece band, and actors who perform a skit that moves the show along seamlessly,” said Jane Wilcox, producer. “We have a new horn section this year, made up of six people, so look for a new sound and added handsomeness on stage!”
The first of eight performances will be presented on Thursday night, March 16, at 7 p.m. Other evening shows are set for March 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Two matinees, to begin at 1:30 p.m., will be presented on two Saturdays, 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.
All proceeds benefit the Multi-County Cancer Support Network, an organization that helps people within an eight-county area with expenses not covered by insurance.
Again this year, this show will be a big draw – “Our matinees are especially popular with people from out of town,” Mrs. Wilcox said. “We have many large groups coming from Nashville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, and Savannah here in Tennessee, as well as 60 from Huntsville and 100 from Florence, Ala. Weeks before tickets went on sale, groups were already making reservations in local restaurants. Buses come and let their people out downtown to shop.
“Some classes also plan their reunions around our show,” she said, adding, “so proceeds from our show not only help cancer patients but add to our local economy.”
The show interlaces aspects and songs from across the decades so as to trigger memories for people growing up in those time-frames. Script writer Josh Ogle has interjected humor into the script that will tickle your ribs. The same poetic license taken with the eras reflected and songs extends to costumes as well.
Carl Gleghorn has designed a new backdrop for the show again this year, as well as t-shirts that are available for $15 each at Bagley and Bagley and the Trustee’s Office. While the backdrop is yet to be unveiled publicly, it is said to be an historical building not seen in a while.
Jennie-Roles Walters and her art students paint the backdrop, which takes on a personae of its own, adding so much to the overall experience.