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August 4, 2013

'Back to the 80s' a blast from the past

After months of work, In Good Company Productions goes 'Back to the '80s'


Tonawanda News — Like any good ‘80s drama, the show ended with the loose ends tied up and the “good guys” winning. Everyone in the audience applauded when Feargal got his moment of triumph — and when John Tober, 12, as character Billy Arnold effectively “Rick-rolled” the Tonawandas by belting out “Never Gonna Give You Up.” 

It all concluded with prom, a veritable cascade of ‘80s-style ruffles and lace (often in hot pink), that ended with “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and every cast member up on the stage (and down in the audience) dancing.


“ ‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life/And I’ve searched through every open door/Till I found the truth/and I owe it all to you.”

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My  Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, 1987


As the music and applause faded, Tober was almost immediately up on stage to start taking down props ... only to return in two days for the next show. “Back to the ‘80s” continues at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Miller Bandshell, and then it’s on to next year.

With another successful show under their collective belts, Tober said her cast has things well in hand for next week.

“The kids are taking over it,” she said. “They’re really making it their own. They’re taking what we taught them ... and running with it.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Back to the '80s" presented by In Good Company Productions • WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday • WHERE: Miller Bandshell, Niawanda Park, Niagara Street, Tonawanda

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @JillKeppeler.

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