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Get Out the Poodle Skirts and Hair Spray: The Taffetas are Coming!

Get Out the Poodle Skirts and Hair Spray: The Taffetas are Coming!

"How Much is that Doggie in the Window?," "Tennessee Waltz" and "Sincerely" are only three of nearly fifty songs featured in The Taffetas, the musical revue playing at Totem Pole Playhouse from August 12th through the 24th. Subtitled "A Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties," Conceived by Rick Lewis with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw, The Taffetas is guest sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union and is the final production of the 2008 season at the professional summer theatre in Caledonia State Park.
"When we presented Forever Plaid at the Playhouse, I always wondered why so many hit songs were not included," says Producing Artistic Director, Carl Schurr. "I was quickly reminded that this particular show featured songs made famous by the male singing groups of the 1950s. The Taffetas does the same thing for the female groups of the era and, therefore, we get treated to hearing incredibly popular hits such as "Fly Me to the Moon," Where the Boys Are" and my personal favorite, "Mr. Sandman."
Inspired by such actual singing sensations as The Chordettes, The Fontaine Sisters, The Chiffons and The McGuire Sisters, The Taffetas is set in 1956 when four siblings travel 39 hours by bus from their home in Muncie, Indiana to New York City to make their television debut on "Spotlight on Music." The singing sisters' goal is that this appearance will catch the eye of star-maker, Mr. Ed Sullivan, and that international success will soon be upon them.
Linking the romantic and novelty songs together is a script filled with many period references guaranteed to take audiences back to a more innocent and sweet era. The girls chatter and gossip about angora sweaters, Barbie dolls, the Bunny Hop, shorthand and, of course, the dreamy movie stars of the era.
Starring as the four sisters are Lori Kay Clark and Elena Gronlund (making their Totem Pole debuts), Jennifer Noth (currently starring with Wil Love and Jack Rowles in Oatmeal and Kisses) and veteran Totem Pole actress, Traci Lyn Thomas.
Returning to direct The Taffetas, is David Hemsley Caldwell whose hit musical shows at Totem Pole have included the Smoke on the Mountain trilogy, Oil City Symphony, Radio Gals and Forever Plaid. "This show is a real audience-pleaser," says Caldwell, "and we've got four terrific and beautiful ladies to take us back to another moment in time." Musical Direction is by Darren Server.
The elegant period set is designed by senior Totem Pole set designer, James Fouchard, period dresses are designed by Jessica Allison, Lighting is by Michael D. Domue, Properties are by Jenny Smith and stage management is by Paul Mills Holmes and Captain Kate Murphy.
The "Getting to Know You" Post Show Discussion for The Taffetas is scheduled for Friday, August 22nd, following the evening performance. This lively, informal chat with cast, staff, musicians and audience members provides opportunity to learn more about the Playhouse and life in the professional theatre.
Playing at the Totem Pole through Sunday, August 10th, is the popular situation comedy, Murray Schisgal's Oatmeal and Kisses starring Wil Love and sponsored by Orrstown Bank and Walker, Connor & Johnson Law Office.
For information on all Totem Pole Playhouse events, simply stop by the box office or call 717.352-2164 or 1-888-805-7056. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.totempoleplayhouse.org.
There's a seat waiting for you at beautiful Totem Pole Playhouse!

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