By Emily Williams
Mountain Brook’s Steeple Arts Academy will be transformed from studio to Jersey Shore for Central Alabama Theater’s “The Bikinis: a new musical beach party,” opening with a 7:30 p.m. show on July 27.
Finishing off the 2016-17 season, the musical tells the story of four girls from a singing group who reunite after 20 years to relive their heyday, the summer of 1964 singing on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore.
Songs performed will celebrate the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, with classics including “It’s in His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men.”
The musical stars Natalie Collins and Catherine Vaughn play sisters Jodi and Annie. Monique Gannon plays the sisters’ silly cousin, Karla; and Emily Herring plays the girls’ best friend, Barbara from Staten Island.
CAT Executive Producer and Artistic Director Carl Peoples will be directing the show, with Natalie Collins taking on the role of choreographer in addition to performing. Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Chip Williams of Birmingham will serve as musical director.
Performances will be held July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6. Tickets run from $25 to $30, and active military and student discounts are available with appropriate ID.
For more information, visit centralalabamatheater.eventbrite.com. ❖