2012-09-13 / Local & State

S. Fulton Students To Perform “Happy Days’’ FFF Weekend

1950s style props needed for set
By Lindsay R. Mellott


Southern Fulton High School debuts its 11th musical theater production next month when it brings “Happy Days” to the stage for two evening performances Oct. 19 and 20.

New to the musical this year, according to director Carolyn Mottern, are show dates that coincide with the Fulton County Fall Folk Festival, which takes place the same weekend. Mottern says the musical will give visitors to the annual festival an option for an evening activity Friday and Saturday. She hopes the new show dates will draw an even larger crowd to what has always been a well-attended event at Southern Fulton.

Also new this year is a concession stand in the school cafeteria that will open following each performance. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments will be donated to a charitable cause. Friday night’s earnings will benefit the Southern Fulton High School band and band-front and their upcoming trip to Florida. The Iota Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi takes charge of the concession stand Saturday night, and their proceeds will be given to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Happy Days” is a musical written by Garry Marshall that is based on the ABC-TV sitcom of the same name, which was also created by Marshall and aired from January 1974 to September 1984. Music and lyrics are by Paul Williams.

Set in the 1950s, “Happy Days” the musical includes many of the characters made famous in the TV show: Howard and Marion Cunningham, Ralph Malph, Potsie Weber, Richie Cunningham and arguably the most famous “Happy Days” character of all – The Fonz.

Forty Sourthern Fulton students in grades seventh through 12th have been rehearsing for weeks to bring the production to life, said Mottern, who teaches art at Southern Fulton. Costumes have been selected by the students from The Trinity Loft in Waynesboro, and choreography has begun.

The hunt for 1950s props is under way, and although Mottern has been able to make or find a good many items, like diner booths and tables that have been donated by Hoss’s of Chambersburg and a jukebox on loan from the Wright family, she is still in need of a few key items: a motorcycle that dates from the 1950s for Fonzie to sit on (will be rolled onto the stage, not driven), a 50s style kitchen table and three kitchen chairs, a 50s style bicycle with basket, saddle shoes, loafers, and letterman sweaters and jackets.

Anyone willing to loan any of these items should contact Mottern at cmottern@sfsd.k12.pa.us or call the school at 717-294-3251, Ext. 201. Credit for items loaned will appear in a special thanks section of the show program and items will be returned promptly the week following the performances.

Mottern says that she, the cast and stage crew are working hard to make each performance of “Happy Days” “memorable” for the audience.

The “Happy Days” curtain goes up each evening at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for students, $5 for adults, and will be available beginning Oct. 1 at Dott Village Store, by calling the high school at 717-294-3251, Ext. 201, from any cast member or at Gordon’s Cruise-In, in Needmore, which is sponoring the show program.

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