Community Events – The Tin Shop Theatre

The Nifty Fifties flyer, from Tin Shop Theatre Facebook

The Tin Shop Theatre Brings the Fifties Back to Buchanan!

by Rebecka Hoyt, Editor & Photographer

Attention! This Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (August 21-23, 2021) at 7:00pm on Buchanan Common Stage in downtown Buchanan, MI! Come dressed in your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, white t-shirts, jeans, and letter jackets, along with your black and white sneakers, and you will be matching with the great cast of “The Nifty Fifties.”

The Nifty Fifties Play at Buchanan Common, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

Alice Kring, this play’s Director, invited me to come to their dress rehearsal this past Thursday evening and to do a review on “The Nifty Fifties.” After seeing just the dress rehearsal, I definitely want to see this play again! With that being said, I will tell you a little about it, not all of it because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

The Nifty Fifties Play at Buchanan Common, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

“The Nifty Fifties” play by Tim Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur, is directed by Kelly Carlin and Alice Kring. It will take you back to the high school days of being at a local diner, a hippity hop may be in jeopardy, rivals in school, and the future outlook of the diner. The cast consists of very talented young and older actors. You might recognize some of them from our own town as well as others from surrounding school districts. There are only four adults in this play and the rest are younger.

The Nifty Fifties Cast List, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

The music is outstanding which is directed by Music Director, Trevor Hough. Solos, and group songs will put a smile on your face, tap your feet, and maybe even get you out of your seat and do a little “boogie woogie!” The twisting and hopping dance moves were choreographed by Daysha Amster. You will be able to hear and see them well as DPM Events have them covered.

The Nifty Fifties Play at Buchanan Common, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

So, bring your family or a date with a picnic or snacks, blankets and chairs down to the Common tonight (8/21), tomorrow night (8/22) and Monday night (8/23). Each performance is at 7:00PM. Admission is free, however donations are accepted and you may sit anywhere on the lawn. Running time for the play is: 2 hours along with an intermission. The Production Sponsors are: the Brian Fisher Family, Larry Sehy, and Gary and Carol McKean.

The Nifty Fifties Play at Buchanan Common, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

“Grease” fans will love this and you may catch some similarities in it. So Buchanan, and anyone else reading this, take a break from the TV/Netflix and come on out and support this great group of actors all young and old before the kiddos go back to school!

The Nifty Fifties Play at Buchanan Common, Photo by Rebecka Hoyt
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