Theater offers ‘nostalgic journey’

Published 7:29 pm Wednesday, June 2, 2010

If you grew up in a small town or wish you had. If you were a teenager during the 1950s and early 1960s or wish you were, then the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge is where you’ll want to be on June 10 and 11.

In celebration of the Great Alabama Homecoming and Year of the Small Towns Downtowns, the Brundidge Historical Society will present Barbara McBride-Smith in “Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart,” a look back at bobby socks, flat tops, fender skirts, drive-in movies and the 45 RPM heart throbs.

“The year 2010 has been designated by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel as the year to celebrate small towns and downtowns, so we thought it would be a good time to highlight our heritage as both a small town and a downtown,” said Cathie Steed, BHS member. “‘Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart’ is a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those of us who grew up in small towns during ‘Happy Days’ and a chance to experience what it was like for those who didn’t.”

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Barbara McBride-Smith has received national recognition for her performances and her colorful voice with its Texas twang reminds listeners of a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barkers or Butterfly McQueen.

“I’ve seen ‘Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart’ twice and it’s one of those feel-good performances that takes you back to a sweet, innocent time,” said Mernette Bray. “It was a time that we’d all like to experience again — or for the first time. Barbara McBride-Smith will take you there. Her performance will make you smile, laugh out loud and get misty-eyed, too.

It’s just a great show and a fun way to spend lunch with the girls or an evening with your “steady” or a bunch of friends.”

There will be two performances of “Hello, Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart,” a luncheon at noon on Thursday, June 10, and an old-fashioned summer supper at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11, both at the We Piddle Around Theater on Main Street in Brundidge.

The pre-show music will feature Lenny Trawick at the luncheon and the Benton Brothers and The Party Dolls at the evening performance. Trawick will sing Ricky Nelson’s songs like “Hello, Mary Lou” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and the Benton Brothers will bring back the songs of the Everly Brothers including “Bye, Bye, Love” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.”

All tickets are $20 and include the pre-show, lunch/supper and “Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart.” Tickets are available at Rue’s Antiques in Brundidge from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or by calling 334-735-3125 during store hours and, in Troy, at the Colley Senior Complex and The Messenger.