Northwest Florida State College presents the delightful musical Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Wednesday, March 14, through Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville.
The show captures the comedy, music, and tenderness of growing up in a Catholic school in the 1950s and ‘60s. Follow a talented cast of 12 local actors as they sing and dance their way from first confession to first date, all under the watchful eyes of Father O’Reilly and the good Sisters.
The play begins as the main character, Eddie Ryan (played by Albert Sousa of Fort Walton Beach), returns to his alma mater to search for his “first love.” His memories become the focus of the play, and the audience is taken back to certain events like the first day of school, going to confession for the first time, and the senior prom.
“The Sprint Theater is the smaller of our two theater spaces at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center,” says Dr. Cliff Herron, dean of the college’s Fine and Performing Arts programs. “But this comedy really lends itself best to the more intimate space in the Sprint Theater, rather than our huge mainstage.”
Theater professor Clint Mahle, who also works as the college’s scenic design coordinator, directs the play.
“We’re thrilled to present this comedy and to showcase our great theater students and community actors,” says Mahle. “Gleeful audiences flocked to see this show in Chicago, where it became that city’s longest running show, and in Philadelphia, where it broke attendance records during its two runs, and in cities across the country over the years.”
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? is based on the book by John R. Powers, with music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans. The cast includes Laura Hernandez, Ron Altman (recently seen in Act4Murder’s Gangsters on the Gangplank), Mallory Olds, Tyler Corbin, Jennifer Rowland, Zachary Phillips, Sarah Hawn, Cierra Robbeloth, Maddie Ostrowski, Anne Saxer and George Frye.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for 18 and under. Purchase tickets online at www. mattiekellyartscenter.org or call (850) 729-6000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee.