"Big Girls Don't Cry," unless they miss the show of a lifetime.

With gasoline costs causing pain at the pump, a trip to Branso, Mo., might be out of the question. But an area non-profit organization with a mission of bringing arts and entertainment to rural residents will host a headlining act close to home.

Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council (CTFAC) will host "Oh What A Night, A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons" at the Clyde H. Wells Auditorium at Tarleton State University at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The act is a musical review written by Motown producer and creative consultant George Soloman, directed by award-winning producer-director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist. The production has a permanent home at the Andy Williams Theatre in Branson and also tours the globe, according to CTFAC Executive Director Julie Crouch.

Crouch said the idea to bring the act to Stephenville was presented by two community members.

"They saw the act on a cruise and fell in love," she said.

While Branson is a hot spot for retirees, this act is one that bridges the gap by performing classic hits easily recognized by audiences of all ages. Some of the most easily recognized songs performed by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons like Walk Like a Man, Working My Way Back to You, Big Girls Don't Cry are regulars heard by Oh What A Night audiences. 

"These are songs that audience members of all ages - from 8 to 88 - know and love," Crouch said. "I truly believe this family-friendly event is going to be a lot of fun for everyone."

Crouch said she worked for more than a year to secure the performance and since the show was confirmed, calls have been coming in from across the region.

"I am getting calls from people who have seen the performance and are planning to drive from Roanoke, Grand Prairie and across the Metroplex for our event," Crouch said. "I am so proud the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council is able to bring something of this caliber to the area."

CTFAC serves Somervell, Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Hamilton, Hood and  Palo Pinto counties. For more information on the organization - and to see a video of Oh What A Night - visit ctfac.com.

Buy your tickets here

The Reporter now serves as a box office for CTFAC. Community members may purchase their tickets to Oh What A Night and future CTFAC events 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. General admission tickets to the Oct. 27 performance are $20 each.