Hoxie Traveling Classroom Presents "Do Wop Drive In"

November 21, 2004--Posted at 9:00 p.m. CST

WALNUT RIDGE -- There's only thirty minutes until show time.

The cast of "Do Wop Drive In" is putting the finishing touches on the songs, and rehearsing those tricky lines before they take the stage for lights, camera, and action.

Audience members are taken back to a time of poodle skirts, sock hops, and tapping toes to classic 50's and 60's tunes.

"Most of them hoot and holler, and have a great time, a lot of them sing along......most of them know the words,"said co-sponsor Carrie Mae Snapp.

For some cast members, these performances have become an annual event.

Leslie Rutledge plays Lola Del Monte in the production.

"I started doing Do Wop when I was 12 at the Front Street Theater, and I can't imagine the person I would be today if I hadn't started doing that,"said Rutledge.

There are over 40 cast members in Do Wop.

Last year, the group raised enough money for a trip to Branson, Missouri.

This year, they are headed to New York City.

"We've been to Chicago, and Washington D.C., and this year we're going to New York City for five days, and Niagara Falls for two days,"said Snapp.

The audience members are treated to timeless tunes, but the cast members say they are the ones who have been given a gift.

The opportunity to take the stage and perform in front of the hometown crowd.