A Musical Journey though the Fabulous '50s!
Written by Rick Lewis with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw
Directed by David Clevinger
Musical Direction by Timothy D. Turner
Lighting Design by William Dumas
Stage Management by Ben Rush
Produced by The Bay Street Players of Eustis, Florida
Audition workshop in September, Information below! 4 females needed
Performances on December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @ 8 p.m. // December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 2:30 p.m.
at Historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis at 109 North Bay Street (click for map)
“The Taffetas”, written by Rick Lewis with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw, opened Off Broadway a full two years before its popular counterpart, Forever Plaid. "The Taffetas" is a musical revue set in 1956. The entire performance is set in a 1950s TV studio, the show surrounds the four singing Taffeta sisters (Kaye, Donna, Peggy and Cheryl), who are making their national debut on the DuMont network's program, "Spotlight on Music". Prior to "Spotlight ", The Taffetas', biggest gig has been at the Moose Hall in Muncie, Indiana. They've earned their appearance on "Spotlight" with a mixture of charm, chops and chutzpah. The Taffetas' professional future hinges upon their "Spotlight" performance; if they ace this gig, Ed Sullivan will be on the horn in a heartbeat.
With a medley of hits like "Sh-Boom", "Mister Sandman", "Johnny Angel" and "Where the Boys Are" how can they lose?
Kaye is the brains of the operation; a multi-tasking woman before they became ubiquitous, she stage manages her sisters, their backup band and the audience, all the while belting out chestnuts like "Old Cape Cod." Sweetie pie Peggy charms credulous men in the first row into helping out onstage; she could charm the last ten-spot out of their wallets if she tried a bit harder. Donna has a thing for Chevy convertibles and masked men; the less said about that the better. Finally, the lovable Cheryl (may have chosen saddle shoes over college but makes up for it all by singing, like (and to), an angel - (Johnny Angel of course).
The Taffetas celebrates the music of all-girl groups in the fifties by following the career of The Taffetas, a group of four sisters. The sisters sing, dance, and banter through such numbers as “Mr. Sandman,” "I'm Sorry," "Tammy," "Fly Me to the Moon," and "Where the Boys Are."
Opened April 9, 1989 at the Cherry Lane Theatre (New York) and ran for 165 performances.
Kaye played by Elizabeth Drew Scholl
Peggy played by Mariah Phillips
Cheryl played by Natalie Renick
Donna played by Debra Sussman
Musical Director Biography
Timothy D. Turner has been performing professionally for 27 years in professional & commercial productions, on stage and screen, with celebrities such as Rita Moreno & Marvin Hamlisch and groups like Canadian Brass & the King’s Singers. He has directed and produced theatre, cabarets, stage shows, concerts and film for more than 20 years throughout the continental United States and Europe. This is his 3rd production with The Bay Street Players, and marks his 68th production in the area since his relocation to Central Florida in 2001. He holds a BM in Performance from Millikin University and works as a director, performer, performance coach, clinician, producer, composer, community organizer and writer. Currently, he resides in Longwood, Florida just north of Orlando, but he travels extensively as a working professional.
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An audition workshop will be on Sunday, September 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. Those attending the audition workshop will learn and sing actual excerpts from the show. Casting of the four sisters will occur from this workshop. For additional information, please call (352) 357-7777(352) 357-7777.
Sunday, September 10, 2006 6 – 9 p.m. Audition Workshop! All Auditions, Workshops, Rehearsals & Performances
at The Historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis, FL (click for map)
Bay Street Players information (352) 357-7777
Kaye - the brains of the operation; a multi-tasking woman before they became ubiquitous, she stage manages her sisters, their backup band and the audience
A3 – D4
Peggy – a sweetie pie charms credulous men in the first row into helping out onstage; she could charm the last ten-spot out of their wallets if she tried a bit harder
A3 – F4
Cheryl - the lovable Cheryl (may have chosen saddle shoes over college but makes up for it all by singing, like (and to), an angel - (Johnny Angel of course).
Mezzo / Alto
A3 – C4
Donna - has a thing for Chevy convertibles and masked men; the less said about that the better.
Mezzo / Alto
F2 – D4
Sh-Boom (Kaye, soloist)
Love Is a Two Way Street
Three Bells (Cheryl, soloist)
Tonight You Belong to Me (Peggy & Donna)
I'm Sorry (Kaye, soloist), Ricochet (Donna, soloist), I Cried (Cheryl, soloist), Cry (Peggy, soloist), Smile
Choo Cha Cha
Mockin' Bird Hill (Kaye & Cheryl)
You Belong to Me, Happy Wanderer, Constantinople, My Little Grass Shack (Peggy, soloist), C'est si bon! (Kaye, soloist), Sweet Song of India, Arivederchi, Roma! (Donna & Cheryl), See the USA In Your Chevrolet, Allegheny Moon (Cheryl, soloist), Tennessee Waltz (Donna, soloist), Old Cape Cod (Kaye, soloist), Fly Me to the Moon (Peggy, soloist), Volare, Around the World
Music, Music, Music Medley
You're Just in Love (Cheryl & Donna), Love Letters in the Sand (Peggy & Kaye) L-O-V-E (Cheryl, soloist), I-M-4-U, Rag Mop, You, You, You, Puppy Love (Kaye, soloist), How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? (Peggy, Cheryl & Donna), The Hot Canary (Donna, soloist), Lollipop (Peggy, soloist)
Sincerely (Kaye, soloist)
Johnny Angel (Cheryl, soloist), Mr. Lee (Donna, soloist), Dedicated to the One I Love (Peggy, soloist), Where the Boys Are (Kaye, soloist)
I'll Think of You
Little Darlin' (Kaye, soloist)
Spotlight on Music