‘The Taffetas’ brings 1950s fabulousness to the Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Composite image. Background photo shows the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins, Utah, date not specified. Foreground photo depicts performers in "The Taffetas." Photos courtesy of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, St. George News

IVINS — It was the time of Ed Sullivan, The Hit Parade, big hair, sweater sets, poodle skirts and the local malt shop.

These memories from the 1950s are often accompanied by the music that can be heard in Rick Lewis’ “The Taffetas.” Those pop chart hits got the toes tapping – and every so often, some swing-dancing in the kitchen – and starting Thursday, Southern Utahns are invited to a live show in Ivins featuring dozens of these classic hits at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

“The Taffetas” pays tribute to the vocal stylings of the Fontaine Sisters, the McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. These include favorites like “Mr. Sandman,” “You Belong to Me,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Johnny Angel” and more. About 40 songs are packed into the show, which features four-part harmonies, duets and solos from four vocal powerhouses.

“Each member brings her own brand of humor and genuine likeability to the stage,” the Center for the Arts at Kayenta said in a press release. “Their performance takes us on a musical journey through the fabulous ‘50s, arguably the most feel-good music period ever.”

McKenzie Morgan, Janessa Judkins, Makayla Nelson and Grace Wells play the leading roles. The show is directed by Kyle Myrick with musical direction by Grace Palfreyman and choreography and costuming by Sammy Myrick.

“The Taffetas” runs Thursday to Saturday at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 435-674-2787.

Event Details

  • What: “The Taffetas,” featuring music from the 1950s.
  • When: Thursday-Saturday, May 30 though June 1, at 7:30 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.
  • Where: Center for the Arts at Kayenta, 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins.
  • Cost: $25 ($10 for students). Purchase tickets online through KayentaArts.com or call the box office at 435-674-2787.

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