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Posted: May 8, 2008 3:10 a.m.
Updated: July 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Alyssa Whitley sings a song during the dress rehearsal of the musical "The Nifty Fifties," Tuesday evening at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene. The play will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., at the church. The cast is made up of a group of home-schooled students. The play is directed by Judy Barringer and Cherie...

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‘High School Musical" was a huge hit for Disney, and now some local homeschooled students are hoping that their "homeschool musical" will generate just as much appreciation from Santa Clarita audiences.

The performance is the culmination of a yearlong drama class the students have been taking under the direction of Judy Barringer and Cherie Shefton. The students, ranging in age from 9 to 19, call themselves the Park Players Drama troupe and will present "The Nifty Fifties" Friday and Saturday in Newhall.

"It's a musical set in the 1950s about a high school planning a dance," said Tamara Monroe, the parent of four of the students. "They can't hold it in their gym, because it's being renovated, so they hold it at a local luncheonette."

To complicate matters, Gracie Stanley, played by Cheyanne Barringer and Allysia Whitley, who share the lead role, promises to deliver her distant cousin, rock star Ziggy Springer, played by Adam Shefton, for the dance and is not sure she can deliver. Meanwhile, the owner of the building that houses Louise's Luncheonette has forbidden the dance, and is threatening to turn the popular eatery into a dry cleaners.

"The Nifty Fifties" is based on a book by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Francoeur's score includes "Teen Queen," "It's Tough to be a Teenager in Love," and the title song, "The Nifty Fifties."

Additional cast members include Emily Metcalf and Alyson Luthi sharing the role of Gracie's rival, Muffin Mansfield; Katelyn Walter as Louise; and Isaac Shefton as bad boy Sinbad Gallucci.

"The Nifty Fifties" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road, Newhall. Tickets are $3 per person and will be sold at the door.

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