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SLT's 'Happy Days' kicks off Thursday

Monday, June 20, 2011

SIKESTON -- There will be a flashback to the 1950s this week as the Sikeston Little Theatre's "Happy Days" production is in full swing.

"This is basically the TV show that everybody knows," said Caroline Jackson, director of the youth production. It kicks off on Thursday, and performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jackson said the play in large part centers around Fonzie, his ex-girlfriend coming back into town and him ending up in a fight with two of his enemies.

"A lot of things happen, but it's very family-friendly and cute," said Jackson. "Anyone who comes will definitely enjoy it -- the music is upbeat, the choreography is fun, and it's just a very enjoyable production."

Fonzie is "the king of cool," said portrayer Louie Smith. "Everyone wants to be exactly like him and be around him at all times."

Being a youth production, "Happy Days" there is some, but little adult input. Jackson is 16. Julie Braden, 14, is the choreographer, and the stage manager is 12. All of the roles are played by seventh-grade through college-age actors.

"But I get a lot of help," said Jackson, who noted she has also assisted directed before.

Tickets for the production are on sale now at Collins Music, 98 N. Kingshighway. They are $7 in advance or $8 at the door.

For more about "Happy Days" and to hear more from those involved in the production, read the June 21 edition of the Standard Democrat.