Friday, December 5, 2014

A Fabulous 50's Christmas - 2014

As American as apple pie. The Towle Theater's annual Christmas production is just that. As American as apple pie. This is now my 3rd year photographing this event. It is a "must see" for the holidays.

Compared to today, the 50's seem so simple. I remember families singing holiday music, gathering around the fire place, watching holiday specials on television together. This production of A Fabulous 50's Christmas brings back those fond memories. I am not sure how those brought up after the 50's can relate. They may look at the dress, the music, the commercials, how we looked at life back then as funny. Realize, this was the marketing back then. Pretty direct. I think marketing today would be fearful of that approach.

As always the cast is great! They do a fantastic job portraying the vibe of the 50's. A focus on simple pleasures, simple relationships with respectful rules. I took away a message from this musical. One that I felt, inside. (Not that you would feel the same.)  That message being, to be honest and kind to the other person is the best thing you can do.

Go see the musical! Click here to go to the Towle Theater Website to get your tickets! Here is the cast:

Ryan Duncan

Nic Eastlund

Allyssa O'Donnell

Theresa Renee

Leslie Smith

Patrick Stapinski

Desiree Staples

Will Wilhelm

Now some photos of the evening from me and my photographer wife Christi!  (It is very nice to be married to a photographer!)

What is very neat to see are the commercials, of that time, that are part of this show. Nostalgia.

Oh, and sponsor then were not shy to make their products known, like Pepsi in these next couple of photos . . .

During the 50's, there was no such thing as being politically correct. If you had bad breath, the announcers let you know it, and told you how to solve that, with their sponsors product, like Listerine!

Click on the year to see photos of the shows for 2012 and 2013.

Production Staff

Director - Jeff Casey

Musical/Vocal Director - Elizabeth Tuazon

Set/Costume Design - Kevin Bellamy 

Season Sponsor

Towle Theater
5205 Hohman Ave.
Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 937-8780

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