Tommy: The Musical

The South Fork High School Performing Arts Department is proud to announce its annual Spring Play, this year being the Who's "Tommy" which runs at the Mateel Community Center May 16th through 18th at 8pm, and May 19th at 2pm.

Based on the first-ever rock opera penned by the Who's Pete Townsend, "Tommy" follows the story of young Tommy Walker, born in London on Victory Day at the end of World War II. His father, a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, was presumed dead when he crashed in enemy territory.

Without giving away too many spoilers, young Tommy witnesses a murder, and the resulting trauma renders him "deaf, dumb and blind" - at least, psychologically speaking. His mother, Nora, and stepfather, Frank try in vain to cure him, but fail to get through to Tommy.

In the meantime, Tommy experiences abuse at the hands of relatives, and the parents experience caretaker burnout. Then, young Tommy discovers pinball - and nothing is ever the same!

Some people complained that when this play was set for the stage in the early 90's, the music and story had become watered down from the Who's original vision, but we have stayed true to the rock 'n roll roots and story of this most epic rock opera.

Be prepared to rock your way through the story of Tommy's journey from the depths of despair to the heights of spiritual ecstasy! And the young talent of Southern Humboldt will satisfy your rock cravings from the opening notes of the show up to the final curtain.

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