‘Happy Days’: Ralph Malph Actor Don Most Sends Words of Praise to High School Performing Sitcom Musical

by Chris Haney

Happy Days star Don Most recently went out of his way to send a kind message to high schoolers who are performing a musical based on the hit sitcom.

Students at Riverside High School in Beaver County, Pennsylvania will perform “Happy Days: The Musical” from April 29 to May 2. The musical is directed by Brent Rogers who is focusing the play on Season 4 of the hit show. It will also include 1950’s music that’s appropriate for the era. In addition, the musical will include a replica motorcycle, just like fan-favorite Fonzie used to ride.

The mother of the teenager who is playing Most’s Happy Days character Ralph Malph recently contacted the actor. Brittany Asciolla, the mother of Jacob Storey, sent a Facebook message to Most about the production. What he sent back was more than the cast could have asked for. Most recorded a short message of encouragement for everyone involved in the musical.

“I heard you’re doing the ‘Happy Days Musical’. How very cool!,” Don Most said in his Facebook video message, according to a local The Times report. “I just want to say to enjoy the rehearsal process, enjoy each other, and have fun exploring different ways to approach things. Also…all the preparation is great and imperative. But when it’s time to perform…let go. Be open to the moment, and trust yourselves. So have a great time and knock ’em dead!”

Riverside plans to feature Most’s 18-second message before each performance during the musical’s four-day run.

‘Happy Days’ Star’s Message Has Uplifted the Cast

Don Most‘s recent message to the Riverside theater program has given all the actors a boost of confidence going into this weekend. Asciolla agreed, saying that her son – an aspiring actor – has “drawn energy” from Most’s message. Additionally, she said Most asked for updates on how the musical goes this weekend.

“He’s such a sweet man,”  Asciolla said to The Times. “I’ve never seen Jake so excited before. It’s definitely given him encouragement. He’s been watching Donny on Happy Days every day since he was cast as Ralph. So it was pretty surreal that he was actually acknowledging Jake and the cast at Riverside.”

Riverside is doing their part to repay Most’s kind message as well. The program has created a raffle for a Happy Days themed gift basket that’s inspired by the 1950s. Half of the proceeds raised from the raffle will be donated to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. The charity is meaningful to Most and his family, so it’s an amazing gesture by the high school.

“Happy Days: The Musical” will be performed in-person along with an accompanying live stream for virtual viewing. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night from April 29 to May 1. There will also be one matinee performance at 2 p.m. EST on May 2.

There is limited seating for the in-person performance, which costs $12 per ticket. For anyone interested in watching the live stream, tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com.