One, two, three o'clock rock, four o'clock, rock!
Go ahead, you know the words.
It's not déjà vu, and you can revisit the fabulous ‘50s era at the Class of ‘57-a Granbury Live musical production that includes four cast members from Stephenville crooning on the stage in bobby socks and poodle skirts and rolled up jeans with saddle oxfords.
The four Stephenville performers showing off their talent represent the variety of musical talent originating in Stephenville. According to Granbury Live, the Nostalgia Concerts “are costumed and choreographed live music productions featuring an all-professional cast with music from the golden age of rock ‘n roll.”
“It's a G-rated production and safe for the family,” said Chase Kincannon, who portrays Johnny as the leading male role in the production. The Class of ‘57 features 29 sing along favorites from the ‘50s.
Kincannon, a Morgan Mill native and current State Farm financial consultant with State Farm David Kincannon's office, lends his vast music repertoire to the voice of Johnny. His persona and musical knowledge, combined with his passion for performing, attracted the producers of Granbury Live and they sought out Kincannon for the lead role. When an opening for another male vocal surfaced at Granbury Live, Shelly Burch, leading female role, called upon Kincannon who reportedly left in the middle of a dinner engagement to audition for the part.
Burch, a Tarleton State University graduate in Spanish with a minor in history and music, is currently a Spanish teacher for the Hamilton ISD as well as an aerobics instructor for the Fitness Center in Stephenville. She started her singing career with Granbury Live as an understudy and plays female lead vocal, opposite Kincannon.
Another role fulfilled by Stephenville talent includes Brad Parrish, saxophone performer, who serves as the praise leader for the Agape Family Way Church.
Alecia and Mike Echols, a husband and wife team, who fulfill roles of vocalist, fiddle player and guitar players for Class of ‘57, rounds out the cast members hailing from Stephenville.
The Echols team portrays an unlikely love story in the show, but have a real life love story of their own. They met when rehearsing the production of “God Bless America” in March of 2004 and were instructed to “flirt,” even though, according to Mike, it was love at first sight. Two years later, they got married.
Mike Echols has been a performer for Granbury Live since 2004 and now is in productions serving mainly as a fiddle player and playing some rhythm guitar. Echols is currently the assistant to the music director at First Baptist Church of Stephenville.
“It's neat that a lot of performers are from Stephenville,” Echols said.
The total cast consists of 10 members, with three of the four Stephenville performers holding degrees from Tarleton State University.
“It's family entertainment. We want you to be able to bring anyone you know. We promote the mission statement to ‘showcase family entertainment within the traditional guidelines of Christian values,'” Echols said, adding that there are not many places offering that type of entertainment.
“The audience likes that it's good clean entertainment and it's a combination of things that draw people to us,” said Echols, who added Friday and Saturday night performances are typically sold out, with matinee performances drawing older crowds and church groups.
“I think (Class of ‘57) will benefit the performing arts in Stephenville and what it says about what we have here in our town,” said Echols.
“Granbury Live is all centered around music, live band, some choreography and skits, centered around music. We always try to do hits that people know,” Echols said.
The Class of ‘57 is performed Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through Nov. 3, with matinee performances at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, through Nov. 3. Ticket prices range from $32.50 and to $36.50 for all performances. Group rates are also available by request.
For family value, Granbury Live offers Family Friday Nights where two youth, age 17 and under are free with each regular price adult ticket. Echols added they have learned that over the past two years, that word of mouth has been the best advertisement.
For more information about this and upcoming shows, visit the Granbury Live Web site at www.granburylive.com.