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Lincoln Northwest Theatre Presents: "Soda Pop" by James Hanna Sept 28th-Oct 1st

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Mark your calendars, theatre lovers! The Lincoln Northwest theatre is excited to bring to the stage James Hanna's playful lip sync musical, Soda Pop. Relive the golden era of the 1950s and 1960s with performances on September 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 pm, and a special matinee show on Oct 1st at 2:00 pm.

Imagine a world where Archie comics leap off the pages. A world that is reminiscent of the iconic "Happy Days," but with a quirky twist. Soda Pop is all this and so much more. The musical feels like someone took the quintessential pop songs of the 50s, blended them, and then seamlessly wove them into an engaging plot that brims with nostalgia. Yet, this isn’t your typical tribute to the "innocent" days of letterman jackets and poodle skirts. Instead, Soda Pop gleefully parodies the era, giving off vibes more in tune with Mad magazine's humorous takes on classics like Grease and Bye Bye Birdie.

Set against the backdrop of Pop's soda shop in the year 1960, audiences are invited into the vibrant world of giddy teenagers on the brink of high school graduation. James Hanna masterfully lampoons all the clichés we love and remember from 50s pop culture. From the idealistic cheerleader who loses her heart to the "leader of the pack" to the poignant tales of adventures on the infamous "dead man's curve," the musical paints a picture of a time both charming and melodramatic. And, of course, what would a 50s setting be without the nerve-wracking dilemmas surrounding prom?

Yet, while Soda Pop is mostly a delightful romp through the past, it isn't shy of subtly touching upon deeper themes. Every so often, a line or a dance number, like the surprising anachronistic nod to the Village People, hints at the undertones that subtly permeated the teen rituals of the era. From innocent slumber parties to games of Twister and the camaraderie of hanging out on street corners, Hanna toys with these underlying motifs in a way that is both cheeky and thought-provoking.

However, if there's one thing that stands out about Soda Pop, it's the sheer joy and silliness that pervades every scene. This is a performance that does not take itself too seriously and in doing so, creates a space for audiences to let go and immerse themselves in "good clean fun."

So, whether you're a lover of theatre, a fan of the 50s and 60s, or simply in the mood for an evening of laughter and music, Soda Pop promises a refreshing escape from the humdrum of daily life. Experience the magic of James Hanna's creation and let Lincoln Northwest theatre transport you to a time where soda shops were the epicenter of teen life, and every little event was an adventure waiting to be sung about.

Grab your tickets, don your favorite retro outfit if you're in the mood, and join us for this unforgettable trip down memory lane. We guarantee that by the end of the evening, you'll be tapping your feet, humming along, and maybe, just maybe, yearning for a sip of an old-fashioned soda pop.

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See you at the theatre!



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