Times have changed, but the Taffeta sisters have not.
After 11 years the original cast and characters of the Tomah Area Community Theatre production of The Taffetas are reuniting on stage beginning Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Director Barb Stafslien said it’s a reunion show that has been a lot of fun to produce.
“The girls have done most of the work. They took the wheel and they’ve put this baby together,” Stafslien said. “It has been great.”
Tina Thompson, who plays Cheryl, agrees that it has been fun to work together again with the cast.
“I really felt that after the last show that I had made some life-long bonds, and I completely feel that way stepping back into this,” Thompson said. “These are people that I have just really great relationships with, and we can walk in 11 years later and have the same kind of trust and conversation.”
The show is a musical about four sisters in the 1950s who are trying to make it big on the Ed Sullivan Show, said Melissa Kaye, who plays Donna, the youngest sister. The show follows the sisters as they perform in front of a live studio audience hoping to catch Ed Sullivan’s attention.
The sisters are Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna.
Thompson said the characters aren’t very complex given the show is mostly music, but each actor has developed her own personality for her character.
“I think that the audience will be able to really differentiate who we are,” she said.
Kaye, played by Amanda Konsitzke, is the eldest sister, whom she describes as a “nerd.”
“I’m a little bit more reserved, little nerdier that the rest of them,” Konsitzke said.
She said her character keeps an “eye out” for her sisters but “is still a teenage girl who likes to have fun.”
Chris Pokela plays Peggy, who she claimed is the dumb blonde of the group.
“I want to be a beauty queen. I strive for world peace, and I really like the camera in front of me, and I’m constantly trying to be more of a beauty queen,” Pokela said.
Donna is the youngest and the most naive of the sisters, Kaye said. She said Peggy is “the dumb blonde but I’m the dumb one. I’m the baby of the family, and I like cars and I like boys, too, but I think I’m definitely a tomboy.”
Kaye said the sisters’ interactions are a fun piece of the show.
“It’s a lot of music, and it’s a lot of the interactions and the fun we’ve brought into it with the props, and there is definitely audience interaction and it’s just quirky and fun,” she said. “We’re just singing and performing; that’s what The Taffetas do — we sing wonderful new songs for wonderful people.”
Stafslien said she loves the 1950s music of the show.
“You just don’t hear music like that anymore, and I think it will ring true with a lot of the audience members, and some of the young people will get into it, too,” she said.
Kaye said the show is funny and kid-friendly.
“It’s very light-hearted and innocent,” she said. “This is a great family show, actually. I think kids can come to this because there’s nothing inappropriate; it’s all quirky. I mean we’re all boy crazy, but what teenage girl isn’t?”