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Peach State Summer Theatre Presents “Nice Work If You Can Get It” June 24-July 17

Peach State Summer Theatre will present “Nice Work If You Can Get It” June 24-July 17.

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Set in 1927’s Long Island, N.Y., “Nice Work If You Can Get It” tells the story of a Jazz Age playboy who gets involved with bootleggers, rumrunners, and gold diggers on the weekend of his marriage.

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Tickets are $31.28 for adults and $25.93 for students and senior citizens, including taxes and fees. 

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The Georgia Legislature designated Valdosta State’s summer stock theatre program the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia.

VALDOSTA — Peach State Summer Theatre will kick off a nine-performance run of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Valdosta State University’s Sawyer Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Set in 1927’s Long Island, N.Y., “Nice Work If You Can Get It” tells the story of a Jazz Age playboy who gets involved with bootleggers, rumrunners, and gold diggers on the weekend of his marriage. The musical comedy features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro. It opened at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway on April 24, 2012, and enjoyed 478 performances before closing on June 15, 2013.

“The show is a new take on a classic 1920s musical farce,” according to The Guide to Musical Theatre. “It’s the tale of Jimmy Winter, a wealthy and carefree playboy living the good life in the midst of Prohibition. Jimmy has an unfortunate habit of marrying chorus girls, until he’s forced to marry a woman of substance — Eileen Evergreen, the finest interpreter of modern dance in the world. On the weekend of their nuptials, Jimmy meets Billie Bendix, a tough-as-nails bootlegger who has inadvertently stashed 400 cases of gin in Jimmy’s basement. Knocked out by this one-of-a-kind woman, Jimmy must deal with his high strung fiancée and an assortment of bootleggers, prohibitionists, G-Men, and chorus girls, as well as one very moralistic senator.”

Individual admission is $31.28 for adults and $25.93 for students and senior citizens, including taxes and fees. A discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

The Peach State Summer Theatre Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. It is located on the first floor of the VSU Fine Arts Building, at the corner of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street, and can be reached by calling (229) 259-7770. The online box office at www.valdosta.edu/psst is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Peach State Summer Theatre, or PSST!, is Valdosta’s premiere professional summer stock theatre. Dozens of singers, dancers, technicians, managers, and creators gather on the campus of Valdosta State University for 10 weeks each summer, and during that time, they rehearse, build, and present three musicals in rotating repertory. The 2016 season opened June 3 with a 15-performance run of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and also includes “Ring of Fire,” which opened June 17.

The 2016 Peach State Summer Theatre season marks the 27th year of VSU producing professional theatre for the city of Valdosta, the state of Georgia, and beyond. From 1990 to 2004 VSU produced the Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival. In 2005 the summer theatre program was relocated to the university and renamed PSST!

The Georgia Legislature designated Valdosta State’s summer stock theatre program the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia.

VSU’s Jacque Wheeler serves as the artistic director of Peach State Summer Theatre. H. Duke Guthrie is the managing director.

Visit www.valdosta.edu/psst for more information.

NOTE: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is rated PG.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/vstatenews/ for more photos and a complete cast and crew list.

Also on the Web:

http://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2016/06/peach-state-summer-theatre-presents-disneys-beauty-and-the-beast-june-3-july-16.php

http://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2016/06/peach-state-summer-theatre-presents-ring-of-fire-june-17-july-16.php

http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_n/NiceWorkIfYouCanGetIt.html

Peach State Summer Theatre’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Performance Schedule

• 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24

• 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 (Pay What You Can Performance) (Interpreted for the Deaf in American Sign Language)

• 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30

• 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 2

• 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8

• 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9

• 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13

• 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15

• 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17


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Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

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