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“All Night Long” is the theme for the 2002 Alcorn Central Senior Sounds production which hits the stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Coliseum in downtown Corinth.

On July 4, 1970, radio listeners across the United States were introduced to a new music program listing the top hits that week. The velvety voice of the program’s creator, Casey Kasem, flowed from speakers in stereo, carrying the listeners on a long journey on what became known as American Top 40.

Landing on Kasem’s Top 40 list became the mountain peak for artists for decades to come. Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, The Police, and countless other household names and their well-known bops found their way on program.

The unique program was the inspiration for Twila Bridges as she wrote the script for the 2022 Alcorn Central Senior Sounds entitled “All Night Long.”

“The show features number one hits from 1970 to now,” said Bridges. “The name of the show comes from a Lionel Richie song, which is one of the hits we will feature.”

Bridges says the different decades of classic hits is a way for an audience to connect.

“Parents who grew up on songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s will hear some of their old favorites,” said Bridges, “and the younger audience may be hearing them for the first time.”

When the seniors were first told the theme and the list of songs, there was obvious confusion.

“For the most part,” said Bridges with a laugh, “these kids didn’t grow up on the radio. They had no idea who Casey Kasem was.”

The show spans across 50 years of music and countless genres, complete with skits and choreography.

Bridges has been heading up Senior Sounds since 2000. With the help of 10 Alcorn Central teachers, she believes this year’s production will be one of the most enjoyable for the audience.

“It’s got a lot of singing, a lot of dancing, a lot of skits, and a whole lot of fun,” said Bridges.

One bit of fun Bridges shared was that the Alcorn Central teachers will be introducing the songs in the decade in which they graduated high school.

“Our students have only ever known us as their teachers,” said Bridges. “We thought it would be fun for them to have an opportunity to see what life and music was like for us when we were teenagers.”

“All Night Long” will open at the Corinth Coliseum in downtown Corinth Thursday at 7 p.m. and continuing Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased for $12 at www.SeniorSounds.net or $15 cash at the door.

Staff Writer

Staff writer, Quinten Brasher, earned a degree in journalism at Middle Tennessee State University in 2019 and joined the Daily Corinthian family in 2021.

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