Prepare to rock and roll into the 1960s with Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society’s (KFAS) production of Suds.
Dubbed Suds, The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera, the play brings a small cast with big talent to the stage. Directed by Tiffany Toma and produced by Graham Boyes, the pair took some time to explain how the cast of five have brought to life the fun play.
“The cast, while small, is dedicated,” said Toma.
“Suds is a musical comedy that takes place in a laundromat in the 1960s,” said Toma. “And a young woman is having a very rough day.”
It’s a fun romp with the cast singing quite a few tunes from the 1960s including The Locomotion, You Can’t Hurry Love, It’s My Party, and Do Wah Diddy.
Cindy (played by Quinne van der Molen) ends up having a rough day but in walks her guardian angels, Dee Dee and Marge (played by Kynna Hvizdos and Tanya Heyden-Kaye) to give her a new perspective.
The problem is, there is a bit of a love triangle happening, which creates some additional struggles, and laughs in the musical comedy.
“There’s a lot of funny moments,” said Toma.
A lot of pre-production work has been done to the main stage at the United Church to adjust to this play. Audiences used to the stage will see a few different changes, explained Boyes. His favourite prop is a replica of a 1957-7Up vending machine that crews worked on.
The cast is well versed in community plays and each actor brings a strong work ethic to the production, which has created a play that viewers will certainly enjoy.
“We’ve been amazingly lucky getting the actors we have. They so perfectly embody the essence of their characters,” explained Boyes.
“What you see on stage is a lot of their own personalities and it’s really fun to see that come out because wonderful things happen on stage that we couldn’t have even thought of,” he added.
The two-act play also brings the acting skills of Kevin Debree as Johnny Angel and Perry Wilson as Mr. Right.
Opening night is Saturday, Nov. 24 with productions going to Dec. 9. The Friday and Saturday productions are in the evening and Sunday is matinees. Call 403-783-4081 or check the website at www.kfatheatre.com for tickets.