Happy Days, the 1970s sitcom starring Ron Howard and Henry Winkler that ran 11 seasons, will be premiering right in Lincoln County at the Neldon C. Mathews auditorium in Panaca next week, starting March 11 through 14, and the final performance on March 16.
All are invited as the high school will present an ideal version from the 50s and 60s, with Michael Winters playing Richie Cunningham and Jason Neighbors as “the Fonz.”
“Happy Days: A New Musical,” picks up in 1959, where Cunningham (Winters) prepares to graduate from high school and go off to college. Before he does, he needs to assemble his family and friends to help save Arnold’s diner, which is under threat of closure.
Richie along with Fonzie (Neighbors) vow to save the day with the help of Pinky Tuscadero (Thalia Katschke), an old flame of Fonzie’s.
Some other memorable characters are Potsie (Brandon Jackson) and Ralph Malph (Carlin Christensen), Joanie Cunningham (Asia Frehner) and her beau Chachi (Jon Cook). Kendal Thomas and Emma Pearson play Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham respectfully.
Buy your raffle tickets for the real jukebox, the 50s beach cruiser bicycle, and the old time phone. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any cast member or at the door.
New this year will be a dinner served at Arnold’s Diner by car hops on skates at the gymnasium March 13 and 14. Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chili, sodas and root beer floats will be served. And while costs are what they were in the 50s, they’re darn good.