WHAT: Blue Springs South High School presents “Back to the 80's: The Totally Awesome Musical,” a jukebox show and pop culture trip down memory lane by Neil Gooding, Stuart Smith, Brett Foster and Scott Copeman (2004), directed by Susan Cooper and produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Landes Performing Arts Center, Blue Springs South High School, 1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
WHAT THE PLAY IS ABOUT: A nostalgic romp through several of the decade's greatest hits, “Back to the 80's” tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now-30-something Corey Palmer. At 17, Corey has a deep crush on his next-door neighbor and one of coolest girls in school, Tiffany Houston, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the most dreamy guy around. Michael are his friends are athletic and good-looking – the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. Meanwhile, Feargal McFerrin III has a computer as his best friend and believes this crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes. He later takes up karate lessons, which ultimately come in handy.
Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory '80s house party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, 20 cans of hairspray and some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that can delight and amuse audiences of any age (from mtishows.com).
Kirk: Caeden Smithpeter
Alf: Garrett Mahurin
Laura: Carlie Baldus
Mel: Lauren Manade
Kim: Brooke Stewart
Tiffany: Reese Betts
Michael: Nick Landon
Cyndi: Morgan Wallace
Eileen: Lexi Holder
Feargal: Isaac Hardin
Corey Jr.: Noah Sweeney
Corey Sr.: Spencer Azimi-Tabrizi
Mr. Cocker: Josh Gowan
Huey: Erron Gray
Billy: Mitchell White
Deb: Averie Kirk
Lionel: Sam Arnett
Miss Brannigan: Margot Reed
Tiffany's posse: Vaysia Knust, Kyleigh Rupe, Kimberly Girkin, Megan Tiller, Jadyn Jackson, Isabelle Morrison, Hanna Stracener
Eileen's posse: Bailey Self, Caitlin Smith, Cordelia Williams, Bianca Reed, Tess Burroughs, Brooke Snider, Isabelle Bueno
Michael's posse: Christian Henry, Quin Sanders, Preston Curless, Jordan Stuart, Jonathan Leckbee
Student body: Reanne Fitterling, Jailyn Jones, View Suksomboon, Miyah Mayberry, Joanna Curless, Savannah Justic, Makenna Schaefer, Abigail Arbeiter, Adrianna Alsina