By CALVIN PYNN
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) and the Friends of the Pulaski Theatre will present “California Dreaming” on Thursday, Feb. 13.
According to a news release from the FACNRV, the performance will be put on by Springer Theatricals. The Center and the Theatre have featured performances by Springer Theatricals in the past, such as Route 66, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, and the Marvelous Wonderettes.
The FACNRV is encouraging audiences to get their tickets, pull out their clothes, beads and sandals from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and join in the fun.
“California Dreaming” can be described as a sun-kissed song and dance tribute to the pop music of a new generation. According to the release, songs like “Catch a Wave,” “Surfing U.S.A.,” “Wipeout,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Our House,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Good Vibrations” and “California Dreamin’” make for a sunny, nostalgic stage show.
The performance focuses on the time in the mid-’60s when American youth migrated to
California by the millions and transformed pop culture forever. Thematically, it’s centered around the well-groomed folk musicians who grew out their hair, plugged in Fenders and Rickenbackers and created the harmonies and lyrics that stitched Malibu, Greenwich Village and Haight-Ashbury together.
The music in “California Dreaming” pays homage to groups like the Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, the 5th Dimension, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. According to the release, it is a tribute to the songs that defined an era and introduced the world to the good vibrations of love, peace and summertime fun.
For information and to purchase tickets, call the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 980-7363. Tickets are available for purchase at Martin’s Pharmacy and the Fine Arts Center in Pulaski, in Dublin at the Visitors Center and in Radford at Barry’s Music.