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'Nifty Fifties' musical presented Nov. 20-21

Hey, Daddy-O, do you want to go back to the Fifties? On Friday, Nov. 20 the New York Mills High School Drama Department will be performing its fall musical, "Nifty Fifties," in the James W. Mann Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

If you want to take a ride back to the 1950's even before the play, the NYM Close-Up Program will be offering a typical 1950's meal: a burger, fries, and a root beer float, for only $5 a meal in the High School Commons. This will go from 5-7 p.m. Students are going to do their best to recreate a 1950s diner with all the amenities and aura one would find back then. Come in early, eat, listen to some 1950's music, and enjoy some good conversation before you take in the play the "Nifty Fifties."

There will be a repeat performance of the play on Saturday, Nov. 21 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.

The musical is set in the 1950's 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.