SGH/Jordan Gerard
The Spring Grove Drama Department will put on its spring dinner theater production of ‘Back to the ‘80s’ on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, at the high school. Cast members include, in front, Olivia Mendez, Ashlyn Hammel, Katie Lamm, Marley Sherbon, Rachel Krenzke, Chris Lamm, Vivian Kampschroer, Harley Gavin, Lance Hegge and Brody Christiansen while in back are 
Jonah Udstuen, Rhiannon Skauge, Brielle Neely, Tiffany Michaels, Hattie Sanness, Wyatt Spier, Caden Cody, Jacine Johanningmeier, Kennedy Bornholdt, Abby Towne, Alex Deters and Wyatt Murphy. Not shown are Ben Gray, Stine Myrah, Devon Nerstad, Alison Jahnke and Ellie Johnson, who were on their senior class trip.
SGH/Jordan Gerard The Spring Grove Drama Department will put on its spring dinner theater production of ‘Back to the ‘80s’ on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, at the high school. Cast members include, in front, Olivia Mendez, Ashlyn Hammel, Katie Lamm, Marley Sherbon, Rachel Krenzke, Chris Lamm, Vivian Kampschroer, Harley Gavin, Lance Hegge and Brody Christiansen while in back are Jonah Udstuen, Rhiannon Skauge, Brielle Neely, Tiffany Michaels, Hattie Sanness, Wyatt Spier, Caden Cody, Jacine Johanningmeier, Kennedy Bornholdt, Abby Towne, Alex Deters and Wyatt Murphy. Not shown are Ben Gray, Stine Myrah, Devon Nerstad, Alison Jahnke and Ellie Johnson, who were on their senior class trip.
Community members and parents who grew up in the 1980s can relive those days during the Spring Grove Drama Department’s production of “Back to the ‘80s” on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28.

The production is a dinner theater. On April 27, the meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, candied carrots, apple crisp and a beverage. Friday’s dinner, on April 28, will be spaghetti, choice of sauce with or without meat, Italian dip/garlic bread, green beans, salad, cake and a beverage.

Dinner will start at 6 p.m. each night with the show starting at 7 p.m. Dessert will be served during intermission. The show runs about two hours.

Tickets are on sale now at $14 for adults and $11 for students. They can be purchased from any drama student. Tickets purchased from students or cast members, who are going on the New York City drama trip, will benefit those students.

If people wish to attend only the show, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The show is age appropriate for elementary students.

The play is about 30-something Corey Palmer who takes a trip down memory lane to his senior year in 1985, when he was in love with the girl next door, and he dreamed of being a popular athletic jock.

Drama teacher Megan Miller said the kids are having a lot of fun rehearsing it.

“The story line reminds you of a little of a John Hughes movie,” Miller explained. “It’s not incredibly deep, but it has a lot of the same struggles in the ‘80s as they (the cast) do now, such as a date for prom.”

Although the cast was mostly born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, members are enjoying the dance choreography and the fashion, Miller pointed out.

“A lot of fashion is coming back from that decade, so they get to use some of the things people are wearing now and mash it up with what it looked like back then,” she said.

Parents have also told stories about growing up in the ‘80s and kids have been able to connect Star Wars, Rubik’s Cube and Atari from the decade.

“The more they understand the significance of it, they like that other people can connect to them,” Miller said.

The production is also the last fundraiser for students and chaperones attending the drama trip to New York City in June.

A cast of about 30 students will put on the production, in addition to 23 more students working on the set and costumes.

The choreographer is Allie Marshall, who created the choreography for the production of “Thoroughly Modern Milly.”

Music teacher Bethany Engen is the vocal director and playing in the band accompaniment. Band teacher Willy Leafblad, math teacher Wes Kimball, Leafblad’s brother and a few friends will play in a rock band for the show.

“I think that will really be just kind of a fun romp,” Miller said. “There’ll be a lot of good music.”

The crew also has a challenge of building a 4 ft. by 8 ft. car prop for the show.

The department is also looking for a few more props to use in the show from that decade.

Items needed are: a beat up/old BMX-style bike able to be ridden; a new ‘80s-style BMX bike; a Polaroid camera; white high top shoes; colorful tank tops; ‘80s accessories; T-shirts that can be cut; a large boombox with a tape deck; cassette tapes that would be OK to be ruined; a karate outfit; vintage lunchboxes; skinny ties; and mullet wigs.

To borrow items or donate them, contact Miller by email to confirm the item would be correct for the production. Miller’s email is megan.miller@springgrove.k12.mn.us.