Fab Fifties: Sweet memories, a pep in your step

If you haven’t seen the Fabulous Fifties Show, you’re missing out! And if you have, remember that each year’s show brings new talents, a new story, and new songs to its audiences, making for an evening of great entertainment.

“Come join us at 909 South Main Avenue, Fayetteville, Tenn., the first two weekends in March,” said Jane Wilcox, producer. “You’ll leave with great songs in our head, a pep in your step, and sweet memories of times gone by.”

The 34th Annual Fabulous Fifties opens for the first in a series of nine performances next week. Dates and times for the 2020 rendition of the show are March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7 p.m. each night and March 7, 8 and 14 at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Over 80 volunteers will join together in producing this benefit for local cancer patients through the Multi-County Cancer Support Network. In addition, the show benefits the local economy.

“One of the things that we are very proud of is that not only do we help give funds to local cancer patients, but we help the economy of our community,” Jane continued. “Busloads of people come to see our show from surrounding communities as well as different states. These people make reservations at our restaurants, sometimes months ahead of time. They also buy gas, stay at our hotels and shop at local businesses. Classes and families have planned reunions to be able to attend the show. Get your groups together and plan to join us.”


New this year

Something new this year is that the Lincoln County High School Show Choir led by Barry Petty will be performing in the Thursday ONLY shows.

“If you haven’t heard them, you are most definitely in for a treat,” Jane continued. “Their performance will give our audiences a chance to see two difference shows. When buying tickets, plan on buying for at least one of the Thursday shows, plus another one of our performances to hear our Fabulous Fifties Show performers.”

There are a few changes in performers from last year. Fan favorites coming back are Nick Krishnan on saxophone, singers Brett Boyd and Keith Morris, and Meg Walker as an actor. New singers in addition to the Show Choir members are Julie Bankston and Lance Carter. Brianna Tate has joined the dance troupe.

And 22 children will be singing and dancing to an old favorite from the 1960s – “They will definitely make you smile and make you dance in your seat,” she said.


The backdrop

Carl Gleghorn, local artist, architect, and owner of Dragonfly Art Gallery, once again volunteered his talents to design the show’s logo, T-shirts and backdrop. Another local artist, Jennie Roles-Walter, and her art students from LCHS helped paint the backdrop designed by Carl.

“Every year our audience is awed by the backdrop, which we consider another character in our show. We appreciate Carl’s work, as well as Jennie and her art students, who all bring it to life.”


Tickets and donations

Ticket prices are only $15 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Children under the age of 3 are free when held by an adult.

You may order tickets by calling 931-433-3933 or by visiting any of the show’s ticket outlets, including Bagley & Bagley Insurance, Bank of Lincoln County, Carter’s Drug Store, CB&S Bank, Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, First Commerce Bank, First National Bank, and the Lincoln County Trustee’s Office in the Courthouse.

“There are many ways for people to help us raise funds for our neighbors with cancer,” said Jane. “If you don’t have time to eat beforehand, our concession stand will have pizza, popcorn, candy, nachos, water and soft drinks. Our souvenir table will be selling T-shirts and various items to commemorate your time at our show.”

You can also buy extra tickets to give as gifts and to come to more than one performance, and you can make a donation in honor or in memory of someone at Multi-County Cancer Support Network, P.O. Box 1355, Tullahoma, TN 37388, or you can give a donation at Bagley and Bagley Insurance.

“The need for more funds is great, and your donations are greatly appreciated,” she added.

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