The young actors and actresses of the Durango Performing Arts Company will step into their parents (and grandparents?) shoes for the next few weekends as the budding thespians stage Happy Days A New Musical at the Durango Arts Center.
The touring show was produced by Garry Marshall, who also created the hit 70s TV series. In the DPACs production, Fonzie, played by Dallas Padoven, closes in on a televised wrestling match against the hated Malachi Brothers (Charlie Boyd, Gregor Wallace and John Prevost) while struggling with his feelings for his on-again, off-again love, Pinky Tuscadero (Maxie Parker). All the while, the fate of the kids beloved Arnolds hangs in the balance.
With sets evoking memories of the 50s malt shop, accurate down to an authentic jukebox, Happy Days again reflects the hard work and attention to detail thats come to be expected of DPAC productions. Choreographer Denise Hagemeister said Happy Days presented an even bigger challenge than usual; while many of us remember the TV show with a touch of nostalgia, much of the cast had no such sentimentality.
When we announced to the cast that we were doing the show, a lot of them were excited but about half of them said, whats Happy Days? she said.