Happy Days for Fonzie!

James Smith and Adam Walker of  the Splinters Theatre Group production of Happy Days meet the Fonz - Henry Winkler
James Smith and Adam Walker of the Splinters Theatre Group production of Happy Days meet the Fonz - Henry Winkler
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“Goodbye grey skies, Hello blue!” Happy Days are here again as a Sheffield theatre group have finally found their very own Fonz.

Sheffield theatre group Splinters, whose cast members are aged between 14 and 30, are putting on a musical version of the 1970s hit TV show this autumn, which Splinters say is making its debut in the city.

The group had a lengthy hunt to find the right guy to play the show’s king of cool, Arthur ‘the Fonz’ Fonzarelli.

Finally, up stepped Ross Barrington from Tudor Players, who starred in the group’s version of The 39 Steps last year.

Splinters chairman Andy Hibbert said: “We had a long search but finally Ross came to the rescue!”

The show is based on the Paramount Pictures TV series Happy Days, created by Garry Marshall, with music and lyrics by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams.

Happy Days is reintroducing one of America’s best-loved TV families, the Cunninghams.

It looks back to the days of 1959 Milwawkee, complete with rock and roll, talking motorbikes and jukebox sock hoppin’.

There’s still a chance to join in with the fun as well.

Splinters are inviting any guy aged between 20 and 30 to come and take part in the show. Like many theatre groups, they struggle to find male chorus members to take part in shows.

Rehearsals are held at Highfield Trinity Church, Holland Place, just off London Road, S2 4UR on Wednesday nights, starting at 7.30pm.

For information, contact Jill Beckett by email at jillybean@splinterstheatre.co.uk or just pop on down and join in.

The show will be performed at the University Drama Studiosfrom October 1 to 5 and tickets are now available.

To book tickets for Happy Days, contact Jill Beckett by email, as above, or call 07910 251584.

Splinters’ recent productions include a version of The Wedding Singer, Our House and a satirical performance of Eurobeat, based on the Eurovision Song Contest.