The beautiful harmonies of the 1950s come to Sidney this month when the Mary Winspear Centre stage hosts The Taffetas: A Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties!
Entertaining audiences for 30 years, The Taffetas debuted as an off-Broadway show, sharing the music of a generation with delighted audiences.
Last spring, this all-local, BC-themed production began sharing the fan favourite with local seniors’ residences and community centres as a volunteer service project. The warm reception they received prompted the creation of this full stage show, says Laura Lee, a former Las Vegas dancer turned entertainment manager and promoter.
“We had so much fun with those first shows that we wanted to bring it to a bigger audience,” says Lee, who also hopes to take the show on the road to stages up Island.
Now settled in Victoria, Lee is joined in the production by well-known Victoria music director Marvin Regier and four stellar local songstresses, the talented Candace Woodland, Charlotte Wilson, Suzanne Starkiewicz and Arianne Loy. Pianist Joyce Penner, bass player Sebastian Woodland and drummer Millar Smith will round out the full musical experience.
Step back in time …
As the curtain opens, it’s the 1950s and four singing sisters from Smithers, B.C., The Taffetas, are making their television debut on the DuMont Television Network with a chance to win a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show!
Following a slide show to set the scene, join the girls on a light-hearted musical journey with songs reminiscent of Patti Page and Connie Francis, plus the rich four-part harmonies of the McGuire Sisters, the Chordettes and the Fontane Sisters.
All the favourites you know and love
Sharing hits like Where the Boys Are, Mr. Sandman, Johnny Angel, You Belong To Me, Sh-Boom and many more, audiences are sure to sing along with their favourites as they enjoy this look back in time.
“People will know every single song,” Lee promises, adding that even younger audience members will appreciate the beautiful, vocally challenging harmonies.
Get your tickets now
The perfect date experience or girls’ excursion, The Taffetas comes to the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre for a 2 p.m. performance Sunday, Jan. 20. Tickets are $25, and available online or from the box office at 250-656-0275 or in person at 2243 Beacon Ave.