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April 13, 2004


St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre Sets Schedule

A touching drama about aging, a classic Lerner and Loewe musical and the songs of country music star Patsy Cline highlight the 2004 St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre, July 6-Aug. 7 at UW-River Falls.

"On Golden Pond," by Ernest Thompson, is about a retired English professor and his wife who return to visit their summer cottage. Upon arriving they are met with unexpected surprises, including their estranged daughter, who hopes to forge a meaningful relationship with her father before it's too late. The play was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

Ken Hill, a theatre professor from Ripon College in Wisconsin, will direct. Performances run July 6-10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $8 for children.

One of the best-loved female country singers will come to life in "Always ÉPatsy Cline," the real-life story of Cline and her close friend Louise Seger, written by Ted Swindley. More than 20 of Cline's greatest hits will be featured, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "Walkin' After Midnight." Hill will also direct this play.

Performances run July 14-18 and 21-24 at 7:30 p.m., except for a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 18. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $9 for children.

The third show of the season, "My Fair Lady," written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, is one of the finest musicals ever produced on Broadway. The story follows Eliza Doolittle as Henry Higgins tries to transform her, a flower peddler, into a sophisticated lady. Songs featured include "My Fair Lady," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," and " I Could Have Danced All Night."

Professional New York actor and director Phil Bratnober will make his directing debut. A native of Marshall, Minn., he teaches and directs theatre at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, Minn.

Performances run July 29-Aug. 1 and Aug. 3-7 at 7:30 p.m., except for the performance on Aug. 1, which will be at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children.

"Rafferty Rescues the Moon," a children's play by June Anderson with music by Larry Kirwan, will be co-produced with the River Falls Community Theatre. The play follows the adventures of Rafferty, a young Irish boy who sets out to rescue the moon after it has been swallowed by the terrible Great Fish. While on his journey, he meets many interesting creatures from Irish folklore.

Performances run June 29-30 at 7 p.m. and July 1 at 1 p.m. General admission is $4.

All performances are $5 for UW-RF students with a valid I.D. Special rates are offered for groups of eight or more. The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre box office is located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus. For more information, call 1-800-228-5423 or 715-425-3971.

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