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Musical Comedy March 14 to 17 at NWF State College

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


2/8/2012 -

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Northwest Florida State College will present the delightful musical, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? on Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville. The show captures the comedy, music, and tenderness of growing up in Catholic school in the 1950's and 60's. Heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny, the play follows a loveable gang of kids as they travel through that special place that was Catholic School.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 adults and $15 for youth ages 18 and younger. Purchase tickets online at or by phone at (850) 729-6000. The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the college's Niceville campus. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee.

Follow a talented cast of 12 local actors as they sing and dance their way from first confession to first date, all under the watchful eyes of Father O'Reilly and the good Sisters. The play begins as the main character, Eddie Ryan, played by Albert Sousa of Fort Walton Beach, as he returns to his alma mater to search for his "first love." His memories become the focus of the play and the audience is taken back to certain events like the first day of school, going to confession for the first time, and the senior prom.

"The Sprint Theater is the smaller of our two theater spaces at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center," noted Dr. Cliff Herron, dean of the college's fine and performing arts programs. "But, this comedy really lends itself best to the more intimate space in the Sprint Theater, rather than our huge mainstage, so we encourage folks to purchase tickets early as the seating is limited to 169 per night."

Theater professor Clint Mahle, who also works as the college's scenic design coordinator, will direct the play. "We're thrilled to present this comedy and to showcase our great theater students and community actors," said Mahle, who noted the show normally breaks attendance records wherever it plays. "Gleeful audiences flocked to see this show in Chicago, where it became that city's longest running show, and in Philadelphia, where it broke attendance records during its two runs, and in cities across the country over the years."

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, is based on the book by John R. Powers, with music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans.

The following actors will portray roles in the comedy:
Niceville: Sister Lee played by Laura Hernandez, Father O’Reilly by Ron Altman, Virginia Lear by Mallory Olds, Mike Depki by Tyler Corbin, Nancy Ralansky by Jennifer Rowland, and Louie Schlang by Zachary Phillips;
Fort Walton Beach: Eddie Ryan played by Albert Sousa, Becky Bakowski by Sarah Hawn, and Mary Kenny by Cierra Robbeloth;
Mary Esther: Sister Monica Marie by Maddie Ostrowski, Sister Helen by Anne Saxer,
Pensacola: Felix Lindor by George Frye.