Revived GHS drama department presents ‘Nifty Fifties’

Photo submitted Members of the GHS cast and crew for the drama department’s production of “Nifty Fifties” are (standing, from left) Madelynn Corbin, Jackson Rodgers, Emma McGinnis, Jamon Crisp, Ryder Murphy, Dylan Abraham, Colton Dunn, Katelyn Morgan, Makenzie Avila, Calleigh Goodman, McKoy Dobbs and Victoria St. Pierre. Seated (from left) are Eddie White, Brianna Cass, Skylar Acklin, Joslyne Trout, Savannah Bushner, Nicholas Goodson, Sarah Hawkins, Catelyn Flummer, Silvana Sherrill, Katelin Allen, Whitney Jarvis, Starr Meyers and Cheyenne Wachtel.

Musical comedy coming to Gainesville High School gym this Friday and Saturday; showtime is 7 p.m. both nights


The newly-revived Gainesville High School drama department hopes you will come take a trip with them this weekend back to the “Nifty Fifties.”

The GHS drama department will host its first play at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at the high school gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. All seats are general admission and the cost is $5 at the door. Children preschool age and younger are admitted free.

The drama department at GHS was revived this year and has a full class of 25 students and a waiting list for two classes next year, according to GHS drama teacher Cindy Humbyrd.

“We are excited about it and I’ve had so much interest in the drama classes,” Humbyrd said.

The Nifty Fifties is a fun musical comedy tribute to the 1950s which is centered around a teenage hangout, “Louise’s Luncheonette” where teen Gracie Stanley has gotten herself in hot water by promising to deliver her distant cousin, rock star Ziggy Springer, for the high school Hippity Hop at Louise’s Luncheonette. The problem is Ziggy’s manager doesn’t want his client performing anywhere without pay, so Gracie and her friends have to produce a double, pronto! The fun begins when they plan to use a singing soda jerk. Meanwhile, Louise has her own problems. The building’s owner forbids the dance and plans to turn the eatery into a dry cleaner.  With all of this happening, Gracie’s brother is living in terror because he’s smashed up a Harley belonging to Sinbad Gallucci, a bad dude.

The play, adapted from a book by author Tim Kelly, is a fun musical romp back into the days of saddle shoes and poodle skirts.

Humbyrd said tryouts for the play were in January and the production will feature 38 cast and crew members.

“We are looking forward to the performances,” Humbyrd said “We would love for everyone to come see the play. The kids have worked so hard. It’s going to be great.”

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