NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana


Presenting the cleanest musical all season…

Poster Design by Melanie Fabrizius

Written by Steve Gundersen, Bryan Scott & Melinda Guild.
Directed by Justin Ward
Presented with permission by The Suds Company

Loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and some of th 60’s greatest hits, SUDS is the delightful story of a woman and her guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love in a laundromat. Featuring the hits you love including, “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” “It’s My Party,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and many more that will have you swaying in your seat.

SUDS runs May 12,13,14*, 19,20,21* 26 & 27*
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00* P.M.

Ticket prices are $21 for adults, $16 for military/seniors, and $10 for students.

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NOVA scrubs up '60s pop nostalgia with 'SUDS'

  • May 12, 2017


"SUDS: The Musical" is the ultimate soap opera, set in a laundromat with all the squeaky clean puns you can imagine.
The musical, which opens Friday and runs through May 27, features Janie Sutton in the leading role of Cindy. The plot combines all those 1960s clichés, including not one, but two guardian angels, a mailman who brings nothing but bad news, and a drama queen who wears her heart on her cardigan sleeve.

The beauty of this show is hearing ‘60s pop classics, sung by a talented vocalist like Sutton. The story comes through the songs, and they are chosen for their message. During rehearsal Monday, Sutton’s expressive voice brought extra angst to the Skeeter Davis hit “The End of the World.”

Director Justin Ward predicts audience members will relate to the music, even if they haven't heard these songs before.
“I think of it as a concert accompanied by a really good story,” Ward said. “I grew up listening to a lot of these songs on my record player, like Bread and the Supremes.”

Ward just wrapped one of the toughest roles of his life, singing tenor in the one-act opera, "The Scarf." Juggling directing duties and playing the synthesizer with the band for the show, while finishing up his degree at MSU Billings and performing in the opera presented a challenge for Ward. But Monday night as he sang along to the songs during rehearsal, it was clear he was in his element.

Happy where you are

Ward likes the music, but is also fond of the message.
"It's about being happy where you are," Ward said. "In our society today, you think you need the big car to be happy, but you don't."

The band, which performs on the side of the stage, features bandleader Brenda Ward on keyboards, bass player Ron O'Leary and one of O'Leary's former students, Kodiak Quesnel, on drums.
When the show opens, it’s Cindy’s birthday. She’s working in a laundromat, but dreaming of the good things to come. And why not be happy? She’s had the same pen pal boyfriend for over three years and she’s looking forward to the day it becomes a deeper relationship.

“A birthday is the best day of the year because you know everything is going to turn out just swell,” she tells the audience.

But then the postman arrives and none of the news is good. Enter the guardian angels, Marge and Dee Dee, with attitude.

It’s a silly story that gets funnier when the trio musters their girl power, picking on any man who comes near the laundromat, and Cody Call plays them all.

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The Cast:
Cindy-Janie Sutton
Dee Dee-Anna Hayes
Marge-Miranda Sofe Nelson
Johnny Angel-Cody Call
Announcer-Carrick Hayes

photographs by Bronte Wittpenn

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NOVA Center for the Performing Arts  -  2317 Montana Avenue - Billings, MT 59101
PO Box 11
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535