by April HelmsSpecial Products EditorCalling all flower children:Fans of the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, go-go boots, psychedelic and anything from the '60s can take a lively twist down memory lane with "Beehive: The '60s Musical," which plays at Carousel Dinner Theatre in Akron through Feb. 24. Most of the Jan. 12 audience at the musical revue seemed to love the show's high-energy songs, with some in the audience even dancing in the aisles by the show's end. The aforementioned Joplin, Franklin and Turner numbers seemed to garner the most cheers and applause in particular.An all-women's ensemble, along with an onstage band, takes the audience through the '60s decade, highlighting the moods and milestones of the era, from the "British Invasion" of the Beatles and the Civil Rights movement, to the Vietnam war and Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon. Showing newsreels and film clippings of the various events was a nice touch, especially during intermission, where the audience could watch and hear the moments when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon."When one of our divas sings a song related to an event, we project the scene from that event," said Joseph E. Palmer, executive producer. "A lot of the music from the '60s was written in response to the events of the time."The divas included Benai Boyd, LaDonna Burns, Danielle Garner, Christine Mild, Val Moranto, and Aléna Watters. The musicians included Steve Parsons, music director, on keyboards, Mike Fisher on trumpet, Derek Poindexter on bass, John Rochette on drums and backup vocals, Norman Tischler on tenor saxophone and Erin Vaughn on guitar.There wasn't a weak link in the ladies' ensemble, with each contributing a different style to the type of music performed, and they sang, strutted, danced and flirted through the just under two-hour show. The onstage band provided the zeal and energy needed without drowning out the divas, and the lights, projections and sets were fantastic. The second half, especially, had lighting and staging that could have rivaled a small rock concert. Sometimes, the sound levels got a big loud for comfort, especially around the speakers. But all in all, this was an enjoyable evening, even if much of the music and revived nostalgia was before my time.Show times, ticket informationShow times are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. (including a Thursday matinee Feb. 22). Ticket prices range from $33.50 to $55, plus a processing fee.Valentine's Day packages are available Feb. 9 through 14. These packages include appetizer, flowers, special entrees, dessert for two and more. Details available at the Carousel box office.Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more through the Carousel group sales Department. The Carousel also can accommodate pre- or post-show receptions in its private banquet facilities. For details on group rates, individualized party or presentation planning and banquet room or theater rentals, call Carousel's group sales professionals at 330-724-9855, ext. 133. Additionally, Carousel offers discounted prices for student groups and Ohio Golden Buckeye and AARP cardholders.For reservations and details, contact the Carousel Box Office, 1275 E. Waterloo Road in Akron, at 330-724-9855 or 800-362-4100, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased and printed on the Internet using the interactive seating tool at www.carouseldinnertheatre.com. Parking is free.E-mail: ahelms@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3153