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RONAN — Tired of the dreary winter weather? Come to the Ronan Performing Arts Center and share some summer fun with us. “Surf’s Up” is playing Jan. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. 

The middle school production of “Surf’s Up” is just what the doctor would order for all of us: surf, sand, beach boy style music, beatniks and bongo drums, an Italian hamburger joint that serves linguini, and a plot that has a simple yet profound message about family, freedom, America, the love of the almighty dollar, and the value of true friends. Thirty budding actresses and actors will sing and dance their way into your heart as they present this heartwarming story of Luigi and his family. Luigi and his wife, Rosa, leave their little shack in Italy to come to America, “The Land of Promise.” They scrimp and save to buy a little piece of the beach in California. Life passes and so does Rosa. As the story opens, Luigi is struggling to raise his daughter and granddaughters with a respect for his traditions, but the odds are stacked against him. Just when Luigi feels that things can’t get any worse, “Big G” arrives on the scene with a plan to swindle Luigi out of his prime beachfront property. Swindle he does, and Luigi is just about to sign the little burger joint over when Rosa, who has long since passed, sends signs and Luigi remembers his hopes and dreams for his family. But are they in time? “Big G” has succeeded in having the restaurant condemned. 

The students are doing an incredible job on this production. It is going to be a fun-filled show that the whole family will love.  

Upcoming productions at the Ronan Performing Arts Center include  “The Phantom of the Op’ry,” Feb. 1-2; “Grease,” March 1-2; and “You Can’t Take It With You,” March 29-30. Tickets are available at Ronan Flower Mill or at the box office the evening of the play. All tickets are $5.

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