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WOW Spring 2004 Production

The versatile cast of Wrinkles of Washington entertainers decided it was time to present a tribute to that unforgettable decade of the 1950s, so Co-Directors Chuck Gourley, Georgia Williams and Robert Williams organized this very fine show around the songs and dances popular at that time.  This high-stepping Song and Dance Revue was held April 17 and 18 at the beautiful Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North Street, Olympia, WA, and received excellent reviews from our wonderful audiences.

Please enjoy this picture story as the Wrinkles of Washington troupe remembers "The Fabulous Fifties!"

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Those energetic Prime Time Tappers started the show with "Rock Around the Clock!"  Then the Change of Pace Quartet "WOWed" the audience with that popular tune, "Sincerely."

Then out popped that zany duo, Bill Dergan and Joan Forst with "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", followed by our "coal miner" Don Hancock, singing "Sixteen Tons."

Bobbie Andreas told us "A Guy is a Guy", and then Lyle Russell gave us his smooth version of "Secret Love."

Wrinkles of Washington  It’s a 1957 Chevy!  And just hear that engine purr!  This group of fun-seekers tells the story of "Seven Little Girls Sittin’ in the Back Seat (Huggin’ and Kissin’ with Fred)."  After that wild number, Sharon Collins got to settle the audience with a dreamy delivery of "P.S., I Love You."

The next pair of numbers featured Joanie Roper and the Prime time Tappers in "Heat Wave", and Frank Kinney with "Climb Every Mountain."

The stage started jumping as The Banjo Combo kicked it off with "Hoop-Dee-Doo", followed by "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly", by Julia Taylor, and capped off by Tom Thompson’s tap number, "Hearts of Stone."

Master of Ceremonies, Willard "Bill" Dergan reminded the audience of those times we would gather around the old car, turn up the car radio and dance in the parking lot.  We called this our "Sock Hop" scene.

Robert Williams sang Pat Boone’s "Love Letters in the Sand", followed by Ricky Nelson’s "It’s Late", with Chuck GourleyVaude deVille did Dean Martin’s ""That’s Amore", Sharon Collins and Bobbie Andreas teamed up with an Everly Brothers song, "Bye, Bye Love."  Vaude came back with Johnny Ray’s "Cry", and the set ended with Chuck’s version of that Elvis Presley number, "Baby, I Don’t Care."

Robert Williams stepped in front of the curtain and gave us a stirring rendition of "From Here to Eternity."  And then, the Prime Time Tappers closed Act I with "Do Run Run."

After returning from Intermission, the audience had NO IDEA what was waiting behind the curtain!  The Wrinkles of Washington Male Dancers zinged them one more time with a very cute routine choreographed by Helen Siegwarth to "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!"

Let's see . . . who gets to follow that act???  First, we sent Vaude deVille out to sing "Mack the Knife", and then Lily Nielsen did that beautiful number, "Too Young."  Jim Parker joined Lily on stage in a short dance.  And, here came Frank Kinney to sing "Get Me to the Church on Time."

Ready for some Country Music from The Fabulous Fifties?  With guitars, fiddle, saxophone, and even a wash board, this set was a special treat for our lively audiences.  Chuck Gourley opened with "Singing the Blues", followed by "Hey Good Lookin" by Al McClymond, Chuck again, with "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You", and Bill Johnson singing "I Can't Stop Loving You."  The whole band joined in with "Jambalaya", as the audience was invited to sing along.

In front of the curtain, the Change of Pace Quartet sang wonderful harmonies with "Silhouettes."  And then the curtain opened to "Tequila" for tap dancer Mary Cullen.

Lyle Russell and Don Hancock teamed up for a funny duet to "Hey There", and Julia Taylor sang "Music, Music, Music", backed by The Banjo Combo.  To cap it off, Michele Penberthy came out with a "poodle skirt" outfit and proclaimed "I Enjoy Being a Girl."

What would a journey back to the 1950s be without an appearance by the "Mouseketeers?"  After treating us to a medley of Disney tunes, the group waved to the audience as they exited stage right and left.

Next up was our high-energy singer, Joan Forst, with that great song, "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy."  Robert Williams followed with a jumpin' saxophone solo to "Battle of New Orleans."

Joanie Roper, our "songstress with style" held the audience spellbound with that Broadway hit, "Somewhere", and the Prime Time Tappers finished Act II with a great dance routine to "Witch Doctor."

That's all, folks!  The talented and versatile Wrinkles of Washington troupe proudly takes their bows as they exit through the audience to that Perry Como hit, "Juke Box Baby."

Any way you measure, this show was a real hit in the minds of our cast and audiences, and the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center was a wonderful place to stage . . .

"The Fabulous Fifties!"

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