HNHS spring musical travels back to 1959

Female cast members (from left) Alondra Martinez, Madi Waldfogel, Lina Willard, Madie Mettler and Elizabeth Leach shower their affection on “The Fonz,” played by Jordan Hersey, on Wednesday, April 17, during play practice at Huntington North High School. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukeboxes are all the rage as Huntington North High School travels back to 1959 for its spring musical.

"Happy Days," a musical based on the TV series of the same name that ran from 1974 to 1984, will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 25, 26 and 27, on the HNHS stage. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door.

Stuart Elmore is Richie Cunningham and Jordan Hersey plays Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli as the gang teams up to save their hangout from demolition, cooking up a dance contest and wrestling match in their effort to keep Arnold's open.

The effort includes Potsie Webber, played by Josh White; Ralph Malph, played by Jake White; and Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie's childhood flame, played by Lina Willard.

Richie's family is all there, including Marion, played by Kylie Tester; Howard, played by Drew Hollman; and Joanie, played by Kelsey Hoke.

Also turning up are Chachi Arcola, played by Alexander Finney; Arnold Delvecchio, played by Nicholas Baca; Lori Beth Allen, played by Carley McElhaney; and the nerd girl, played by Andrew Broxon.

Even James Dean, played by Jonathon "J.T." Goulding, and Elvis Presley, played by Dustin Adamson, show up in 1959 Milwaukee.

Also featured are the Pinkettes, played by Madi Waldfogel, Madie Mettler, Alondra Martinez and Elizabeth Leach; the Leopards, played by William Murray, Matt Wilson, Izaak Coon and James Boyd; the wrestling Malachi Brothers, played by Dustin Adamson and Jowuan Scher; and Matti Gick, Taylor Lahr, Sammi Roller, Viktoria Hampe and Theresa Bingham as ensemble ladies.

The production is directed by Ruth Reed, with John Wenning as vocal and instrumental director and Rhonda Landrum as choreographer.