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The Taffetas

Our 18th Season of Live Summer Theatre


by Rick Lewis
artistic direction by Collette Aldridge
musical direction by Marc Petrunia

It’s 1950-something and Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna – four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana – are making their national television debut. “Spotlight on Music,” a fictitious weekly program on the real-life Dumont Television Network, is the framework for an evening featuring some of the greatest hits of the ‘50s. A nostalgic nod to girl groups of the era, The Taffetas pays tribute to the sounds of The Maguire Sisters, The Fontaine Sisters and The Chordettes.


KayeAdrianne Salmon

PeggyLaurel Cahoon

Donna Collette Aldridge

Cheryl Rachel Ryan

Sh-Boom - a #1 song in 1954 for the Crew Cuts
Love Is A Two Way Street - a song was that was actually on a flip side of the single recording of the #17 hit Zorro in 1958 by the Chordettes
Mr. Sandman - a #1 hit in 1954 for the Chordettes
Tonight You Belong to Me - a #1 hit for Gene Austin in 1927 and was also a #4 hit in 1956 for Patience and Prudence
I’m Sorry - a #1 hit for Brenda Lee in 1960
Ricochet - a #2 hit for Teresa Brewer in 1952
I Cried a #11 hit for Patti Page in 1954
Cry - a #1 hit for Johnny Ray and the Four Lads in 1952
Smile - a #10 hit for Nat King Cole in 1954
A Choo Cha Cha -Word sand Music by Patrick Welch and Michel Merlo
Happy Wanderer ( Val de Ri, Val De Ra) - a #3 song for Frank Weir and Orchestra in 1954
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - A #8 hit for the Four Lads in 1053
My Little Grass Shack (in Kealakekua, Hawaii) -   a #1 hit for Ted Dio Rito and his Orchestra in 1934. Also a hit for the Mills
C-est si Bon (It’s so Good)- was written in 1947 but became a #20 hit for Danny Kaye in 1950 and a #8 hit for Eartha Kitt in 1953
Sweet Song of India - a #34 hit for the McGuire Sisters in 1955
Arivederci Roma - from the 1958 movie Seven Hills of Rome and was a #32 hit for Roger Williams that same year
See the U.S.A in Your Chevrolet - advertising slogan was first sung by Dinah Shore from 1956 to 1963 at the end of her variety television show
Allegheny Moon - a #2 hit for Patti Page in 1956
Tennesee Waltz - a #1 hit in 1950 sung by Pattie Page
Old Cape Cod - #3 hit for Patti Page in 1957
Fly me to the Moon - recorded by Kay Ballard in 1954 but didn’t become popular until both Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett recorded it in 1964
Volare - recorded by the songwriter, Modugno, in Italian in 1957 which went to #1 and in English that same year by Dean Martin it hit #12
Around the World a #6 hit for Mantovani and his Orchestra in 1957
(Put Another Nickel in…) Music Music Music! - a #1 hit for Teresa Brewer and the Dixieland All-Stars in 1950
Your Just In Love - a #3 hit in 1951 for Perry Como
Love Letters in the Sand- was a #1 record in 1957 for Pat Boone
L-O-V-E -  a #81 hit in 1964 for Nat King Cole
I-M-4-U -  theme song for the 1955 television program the Jack Paar Show
Rag Mop a #2 hit for the Ames Brothers in 1950
You, You, You - a #1 hit for the Ames Brothers in 1953
Puppy Love - a song that  was a #2 hit for Anka in 1960
How Much is That Doggie in the Window - a #1 hit for Patti Page in 1953
The Hot Canary - a #12 hit for Paul Weston and his Orchestra in 1949
Tweedle Dee - a #2 record in 1955 by Georgia Gibbs
Lollipop - a #2 hit in 1958 for the Chordettes
Sincerely - a #20 song for the Moonglows in 1954 also a #1 hit in 1955 for the Mcguire Sisters
Johnny Angel - a #1 hit in 1962 for Shelley Fabares
Mr. Lee a  song that was a #6 song for the Bobbettes in 1957
Dedicated to the One I Love - a #67 hit for the Chirelles in 1959 the same record hit #3 in 1961
Where the Boys Are - a #4 hit in 1961 for Connie Fancis
I’ll Think of You - words and music by Noel Sherman and Clint Ballard
Little Darlin’-
a #2 hit for the Diamonds in 1957




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