REVIEW: These are such 'Happy Days' at Crestview High theatre

Happy Days

The Fonz sings "Maybe It's Time to Move On," backed by The Dial Tones, Alec West as Richie, Jacob Smith as Ralph, Quinn McCardie as Potsie and Dyrell Jenkins as Chachi in the Crestview High School production of "Happy Days."

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

The main problem with doing a stage production based on a popular film or, in this case, TV series, is that no matter how great the cast and their performances, audiences, familiar with someone else having established the role, knows it’s not really “them.”

Fortunately, most members of the audience at “Happy Days’” opening night didn’t bother comparing Wesley Barlow, Alec West, Katie Rocha, Sea Rush, et. al., to Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Tom Bosley, et. al.

There was no need anyway. “Happy Days,” as Calvin Stewart, an observant 7-year-old Bullpup soon to be Owl thanks to school district rezoning, noted, “was a real old show, like from the ‘90s.”

Well, it was really from the ‘70s and ‘80s, but those distant decades do tend to blur together, especially for the younger audience members.

But the Crestview High School drama department’s lively production, running Saturday and Sunday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., is a fun romp as enjoyable as the TV show and perhaps even more so thanks to an energetic cast of 37 thespians.

Two performances stuck out on opening night, one that I anticipated and one that was a pleasant surprise.

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