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Lacey Guck and Cody Clarksean, top photo, are two of the New York Mills High School cast members who will take audiences back to the 1950's this weekend with the musical, "Nifty Fifties".

Happy days are here again with NYM 1950's program

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The New York Mills High School Drama Department, along with Close-up, takes us back this weekend to a time of sock hops and soda jerks; back to a time where people like Ralph Malph and Potsie hung out at drive-in burger joints.

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This Friday and Saturday, the high school drama department is performing its fall musical, "Nifty Fifties," in the James W. Mann Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

There will be a repeat performance of the play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Becky Clarksean at 385-2553 at the New York Mills High School for more information on the play.

Those interested in taking a ride back to the 1950's even before the play have a chance to enjoy a typical 1950's meal-burger, fries, and a root beer float, for $5 in the high school commons. Students from the NYM Close-Up program will attempt to recreate a 1950's diner with all the amenities and aura of that era, including music of the time period.

The musical, the Nifty Fifties, is set in that decade when 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. Ziggy's manager doesn't want his client performing anywhere without pay, so Gracie and her friends have to produce a double--and fast.

They use a singing soda jerk and plan to have him perform in the dark. It won't be easy for Gracie to get away with this one with her rival, snooty Muffin Mansfield, waiting for her to flop. 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.

Included in the sensational Francoeur fifties score: "Bop-A-Lu-Bop Dance Party," "Teen Queen," "It's Tough To Be a Teenager In Love," the hilarious "It Was the Blob," and, of course, the toe-tapping title tune.

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