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Youth production of popular TV show to begin on Thursday

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Members of the cast of the Sikeston Little Theatre's production of "Happy Days" rehearse prior to Thursday's opening night. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Albritton-Mayer Cultural Center on Kingshighway. Meghan Nelson, Staff
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."

Louie Smith, who portrays Fonzie, agreed.

"This play is going to be pretty awesome. All these people have been working really hard," he said.

This is Smith's first appearance on the Little Theatre stage -- a good friend, who will play the role of Richie Cunningham, encouraged him to appear.

"I didn't have any acting experience, but I was like "Sure, why not?" said Smith. After an intense audition that included singing and reading quite a few lines, he got the call a couple days later. "They said I was perfect for the part of Fonzie. And before I knew it, they were giving me some songs and lots of lines to memorize."

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