"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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