Happy days are here again. Palace Theatre Executive Director Bev Ford announces the theatre’s season will open with a local production of “Happy Days, the New Musical” on July 10, 11, and July 16, 17, and 18, 2021.
The show will return to the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’ fun. With Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool,” Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, this family friendly musical takes audiences on a rock and roll trip down memory lane.
Based on the hit Paramount Pictures TV series that was created by Garry Marshall, the Palace Production will star local talent and be directed by Clare Cooke. The cast leads will feature Tanner Wink as The Fonz, Asa Deeren as Richie Cunningham, Madisen Schenk as Pinky Tuscadero, Dustin Rawlins as Howard Cunnigham, Leah Menzie as Marion Cunningham, Delaney Tabbert as Joanie Cunningham, Brady Wink as Ralph Malph, Zane Menzie as Potsie, Brody Cahill as Chachi and Mitchell Hutchman as Arnold.
The ensemble will comprise of Kain Anderson (Leopard Manny Moon), Doug Ford (Leopard Mac Gates), Sami-Kay Mergy (Lori Beth), Morgan Schwartz (Pinkette Peggy Sue), Addy Baird (Pinkette Tina), Sadie Wink (Pinkette Lola), Carson Bollinger (Elvis), Bishop Oldfield (James Dean), Alexander Lisiecki (Jumpy Malachi) and Mateusz Lisiecki (Count Malachi) along with Olivia Brazell, Melissa Bollinger, Lynette Burris, Kaydence Brown, Gabby Cametti, Dana Congrove, Maria Crawford, Macyn Danals, Valerie Dunmire, Linda Fargo, Sharon Gale, Farrah Gregg, Samuel Haines, Ralph Hill, Meghan James, Judy Little, Quinn Menzie, Dan Nolting, Carter Rawlins, Brian Schenk, Kaden Schenk, Heather Shoffner, Jennifer Stover, Samantha Stover, Amanda Styer, Reagan Styer, Camryn Tighe, Ashley Watkins, Wyatt Wells, Katelyn Wicker, Owen Williams, and Ruby Williams.
The creative team also includes Kristi Wink (Assistant Director/choreographer), Rick Baird (Orchestra Conductor), and Steve deWeber (Vocal Director).
Tickets are $50 Patrons, $23, $19 Adults, and $12 Children 12 and under. Patrons purchasing a $50 ticket will enjoy premium seating during the show, special recognition in the program, and receive an invitation to the post-show party on opening night.
Show sponsor is Marion Community Foundation John D. O’Shea & Kathleen E. O’Shea Fund.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Palace Theatre Box Office during box office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 am to 4 pm at (740) 383-2101 or go online 24/7 at www.marionpalace.org
The box office is located at 276 W. Center St. in downtown Marion.