May 10, 2011
Peach State Offers Lively Season
VALDOSTA -- Audiences will hear of love and loss in Rogers and
Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” sway to Disney’s jazzy classic “The
Jungle Book,” and whisk away to 1960s Baltimore in “Hairspray”
during Peach State Summer Theatre’s rotating repertory from June 4
to July 17.
More than 70 actors from across the nation, as well as several area youth, will bring Georgia’s official summer theatre to life. Memberships and patronages, which enjoy a discount over single tickets purchased separately, may be purchased through the box office or online until June 4. Individual tickets ($25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students, and $18 for groups of 10+) may also be purchased now or once the season starts.
“Carousel”, which opens the season on June 4, tells the moving, tragic, yet ultimately hopeful story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. Presenting serious themes, complex characters and a timeless score, the musical contains some of the stage’s most memorable tunes, including ”If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Curtains open June 17 for “The Jungle Book,” a musical for all ages that follows beloved storybook characters Mowgli, Baloo, and King Louie as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. This musical includes favorite Disney tunes "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You."
“Hairspray,” which will open June 24, introduces audiences to loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, whose passion for dancing wins her a spot on local television dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." The overnight sensation searches for love and acceptance in this show, based on the cult-classic film of the same name, which features songs “Good Morning Baltimore,” “I Know Where I’ve Been,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
The June 12 and 25 matinee performances and the June 29 evening show will be interpreted in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing community. The theatre will also offer several pay-what-you-can performances so that cost does not inhibit patrons from experiencing live theatre. Those dates will be published at a later date on the Peach State Summer Theatre website, www.valdosta.edu/psst .
The PSST! Box Office, located on the first floor of the VSU Fine Arts Building, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the office at (229) 333-7770 to reserve and purchase tickets or go online at www.valdosta.edu/Tickets.shtml.