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by Joseph Miller
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Members of the Taffeta Memories include (from left) Tina Downs, Leanne Williams, Wendy Talley and Kim Lucas. / Submitted photo
Members of the Taffeta Memories include (from left) Tina Downs, Leanne Williams, Wendy Talley and Kim Lucas. / Submitted photo
Taffeta Memories, a Select Entertainment Production written by Rick Lewis, will be presented by staff members of the Alcorn Central Schools at Alcorn Central High School today and Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Twila Bridges is the producer of Senior Sounds, which is an annual end-of-year senior musical revue and Bridges has recruited them to show off their talent.

“My exceptional staff of vocal and dance coaches and choreographers plan to show off a little of their talent and plan to take viewers on a journey through the 1950’s in this Off-Broadway hit,” Bridges explained.

Taffeta Memories is about four sisters who performed and recorded in the 1950’s and features some of the favorites from that time. They have returned to a television show, “Spotlight on Music,” 20 years later where they are looking back at the heyday of their careers. Some of the songs are "Sh-Boom", "Mr. Sandman", "You Belong To Me", "I’m Sorry", and "Where The Boys Are".

These sisters are portrayed by Leanne Williams, ACHS Spanish and Theatre teacher; Tina Downs, Alcorn County Elementary School Music teacher; Kim Lucas, a retired ACES teacher and Glendale Science teacher; along with Wendy Talley, who is the secretary for ACHS.

"This has been a great opportunity for adults to serve as role models for the students,” Williams said. “They have seen us make mistakes but learn from our mistakes and take risks. It has reminded us how it feels to perform on stage and we will be better advisors after this."

“These women are very talented and will have you tapping your toes and laughing from the moment the show starts,” added Bridges. "After the 2013 Senior Sounds production, I wanted to do something to let the students see just how talented these ladies are who work with them on their senior production and how they can also sing and dance as well as perform very well.”

Witt Lucas will play the “Spotlight on Music” host, Briley Talley and Callie Buntin will serve as the Galaxy Beauty Products girls and the Taffetas musical combo will include Bryan Essary on piano, Eric Perry on bass guitar, who is the ACHS band director, along with freshman Luke Price on the drums. Many of the theatre students will be working as technical staff, box office workers, intermission concessions and stage crew members.

"Senior Sounds brings kids together as they work toward a common goal,” Tally explained. “That's what has happened with us as a cast. We've gotten to know each other by working on this show and we have had a great time!"

Fans can come out and have a great time with the cast of Taffeta Memories and tickets are $10 each for adults and $5 for children and students.

“Tickets may be bought in advance from the performers or the ACHS office during school hours, or at the door the night of the event,” added Bridges.

All the funds raised from this production will go toward the ACHS auditorium improvements. Other donations will be accepted and the address for ACHS is, 8 County Road 254, Glen, Miss.

(For more information, please call 662-286-8720 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
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