Montoursville Area High School presents ‘The Taffetas’

PHOTO PROVIDED Montoursville Area High School presents “The Taffetas” at 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Pictured are Madison Ramsey, Jaycie Neubauer, Ashley Loss and Cassie Conklin.

Anyone who hankers for the sounds of the fabulous 50s should find “The Taffetas” to their liking.

“The Taffetas” bring their hand-clapping, finger-snapping songs and dances to the Montoursville Area High School Auditorium, 100 N. Arch St., at 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15, with a 2 p.m. show on Sept. 16.

The fictional four “Taffetas” are Montoursville students Cassie Conklin, Ashley Loss, Madison Ramsey and Jaycie Neubauer.

Supposedly sisters, “The Taffetas” are making their television debut after traveling 39 hours by bus from their home in Muncie, Indiana. Although increasingly homesick, the girls hope that Ed Sullivan may be watching their “Spotlight On Music” live concert, and invite them to appear on his nationally televised Sunday night show.

With some limited dialogue, the focus is always on the singing and dancing as “The Taffetas” journey back to the 50s. Their bevy of hits include: “Sincerely,” “Lollipop,” “Mr. Lee,” “Old Cape Cod,” “You Belong To Me,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Volare,” “Mockingbird Hill,” “Sh-Boom” — and several other Oldies but Goodies.

In case anyone forgets that the setting is 1950, the talented quartet tosses out plenty of references including Barbie dolls, Angora sweaters, the Cha-Cha and the Bunny Hop.

The idea for producing “The Taffetas” originated with Montoursville’s English and Drama teacher Denise M. Clark, who also directs the show.

“I wanted to work with Jaclyn Gilbert on a show again, since her teaching schedule hasn’t allowed us to collaborate for a couple of years,” Clark said. “I also wanted to do a show that we could travel with. After our show in September, we will keep on rehearsing as we will travel to the Pennsylvania Thespian Conference at North Penn High School in November for 2,000 theater-loving students and directors.

“I am looking forward to showcasing some of the strong musical talent that we have at Montoursville High School this year,” Clark added.

In addition to the set builders and tech team, the production staff includes Julie Quick as production manager, Zoe Wise as stage manager, and Missy Black as the show’s costumer.

With a three piece “pit,” the 90 minute “concert” is coordinated and fine tuned by Jaclyn Gilbert as the show’s music director, with her choreography cleverly mimicking the hand movements, and the swinging and swaying dance steps of the period.

All seating is reserved. Tickets will be available at the door prior to each performance. Information and reservations: www.mahs.booktix.com

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