Winter Park Playhouse will be getting down with the sounds of the BeeGees and K.C. & the Sunshine Band when it opens "8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's" on Friday, June 21.
Joining the cast for a rehearsal, I can't help but wonder: "Were any of you even born in the 1970s?"
"Oh, I was," says actor Trevor Southworth. "Well, 1979."
He thinks for a moment: "But it was early 1979."
Castmate Belinda Johnson does remember the polyester decade — though she's not saying how well.
"I plead the Fifth," she jokes. "I may or may not have roller skated to some of this music. Let's just say I was alive."
"8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's" is a concert staging of the big hits of the era. Producer Rick Seeber devised the show, which premiered in 2001 at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and has since been performed all over the country.
Although the show doesn't have a dialogue-driven story line, the four performers play recognizable characters and the music provides an emotional arc.
Southworth, of Altamonte Springs, and Johnson, of Orlando, are joined by fellow Orlando actors Bert Rodriguez and Allyssa Yost.
For the 1970s-impaired, director Roy Alan and music director Christopher Leavy have knowledge to share.
"I was going to Studio 54 and dancing to this music," says Alan, referring to the storied New York City nightclub.
"I had a double album of music from Studio 54," Leavy adds. "Remember double albums?"
The show's songs transcend generations, says Rodriguez, who performs lead roles in the "Finding Nemo" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
"These songs are so iconic that it's impossible not to be familiar with some — if not all — of them," he says.
Among them: Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" and Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud."
"They're at every wedding you go to," adds Johnson, a performer at Capone's Dinner and Show in Kissimmee. "Who hasn't danced to 'Brick House'?"
Alan points out that although disco is the best-known craze of the 1970s, that form of dance music didn't really take off until the end of the decade. That means there's plenty of variety in the music and its subject matter — contrast the Carpenters and Donna Summer.
"The show definitely takes you through the entire decade," Alan says. "You're coming out of Woodstock, the hippie era and war."
But don't worry: Disco will get its due.
"The end result is disco," Rodriguez says. "It's a celebration of life."