Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Upcoming: SummerStock Austin musicals, July - August

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SummerStock Austin

SummerStock Austin presents its 7th Season with three titles sure to offer something for everyone!

    • URINETOWN and
    • July 21-August 7
    • The Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
    • Tickets: Ranging from $6-25. Special prices for opening and closing nights. Purchase through the Long Center Box Office at www.longcenter.org or (512) 474-5664. Tickets will go on sale through the Long Center Box Office starting in July.
    • More Information: www.summerstockaustin.org or (512) 428-1297

SummerStock Austin announces its seventh anniversary season with three productions: The Producers, Urinetown and A Year With Frog and Toad. The three shows will play in repertory with The Producers opening July 21 and closing Aug. 6, and A Year with Frog and Toad opening July 23 and closing Aug. 7, and Urinetown opening July 28 and closing August 7. For the further information about SSA and our detailed performance calendar, please see the SummerStock Austin website: www.summerstockaustin.org

The Producers, which won more Tony Awards than any show in Broadway history-including Best Musical of the Year, is based on the Mel Brooks’ film. The production will be directed by Ginger Morris with choreography by Ms. Morris and Madison Piner with additional choreography by Austin Musical Theatre founder Scott Thompson. Musical direction will be by Michael McKelvey with Jordan Cunningham. (Appropriate for audiences 12 years old and up)

SSA’s first Theatre For All (TFA) production, A Year with Frog and Toad is based on the timeless children’s stories by Arnold Lobel. The show original received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. SSA’s production will be directed by Michael McKelvey with choreography by Mikayla Agrella and musical direction by Jordan Cunningham. (Appropriate for all ages)

Urinetown, which won three Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Book of a Musical, will complete the SSA 2011 season. Although the title may give some audience members pause, the show is considered to be one of the witty and original pieces of musical theatre written in the past twenty years. Urinetown will be directed by Michael McKelvey with choreography by Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique and musical direction by Dr. McKelvey with Jason Connor. (Appropriate for ages 10 years old and up)

The productions are performed entirely by a student (college and high school) company, and this year will also feature some student musicians in the orchestra. Student performers and crew are drawn from St. Edward’s University, University of Texas, Texas State University, Baylor University, Milliken University, Oklahoma City University, Chapman University and Otterbein University. High school participants come from over 10 high schools from the Austin, Dripping Springs, Leander, Westlake and Round Rock School Districts. More than 100 students auditioned and interviewed to be part of the sixth season. The applicant pool not only tapped the greater Austin area, but included representatives from Houston and Dallas as well.

SummerStock Austin is a sponsored project of St. Edward’s University, as well as Zilker Theatre Productions. While the shows will be performed at the beautiful Long Center for the Performing Arts, rehearsals, administrative offices and set construction will remain at St. Edward’s University.

Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University has been named as one of America's Best Colleges for 2009 by U.S. News & World Report and was selected by The Princeton Review for inclusion in the guide Colleges with a Conscience. St. Edward's is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university of more than 5,300 students located in Austin, Texas. For more information on St. Edward’s University, visit www.stedwards.edu.

About Theatre For All: Theatre For All provides free and significantly discounted tickets to approximately 200-250 young audience members over three weeks of the season. The students are chosen from at-risk and at-need groups from the greater Austin area. As of now, TFA will be hosting children from Dell Children’s Hospital and SafePlace Austin.

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