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June 20, 2003


UW-RF to Present Four Summer Theatre Plays

The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre will celebrate its 37th year with the presentation of four plays at the UW-River Falls Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The season opens July 9.

UW-RF theatre Professor Ken Stofferahn, who is managing director of the summer productions, said, "I think we have a strong season. The plays are all-American and down home; they look at small places that people don't normally think of."

"You Can't Take it With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, follows the comic adventures of the members of the eccentric Sycamore family and their wild friends. Ken Hill, a theatre professor from Ripon College in Ripon, will direct. Performances run Wednesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 16, through Saturday, July 19, beginning at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $12; student and senior tickets are $9; and children's tickets are $8.

"Greater Tuna," by Joel Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard, tells the hilarious story of the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and everyone idolizes Patsy Cline. Two actors portray all of the town's inhabitants, including animals, men, women and children. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gordon Hedahl will direct. Performances will run Tuesday, July 22, through Saturday, July 26, beginning at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $12; student and senior tickets are $9; and children's tickets are $8.

"State Fair" is Rodgers and Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen, based on the book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. The play follows the Frake family on a three-day trip to the Iowa State Fair, where the parents compete for blue ribbons and the kids find romance and heartbreak on the midway. It is set to the music of an Academy Award-winning score and contains other songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein. UW-RF alumnus Erik Quam will be the director. Performances run Wednesday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug.2, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $14; student and senior tickets are $12; and children's tickets are $10.

"Story Theatre," by Paul Sills, is a sequence of fun-filled stories adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and Aesop's Fables. The cast will use improvisation to bring tales such as "The Golden Goose," "The Fisherman and His Wife," and "Henny Penny" to life. Hill, director of "You Can't Take it With You," will also direct this play. Performances run Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m. General admission is $4.

Seven UW-RF students and three professors will participate in the four productions. The students include speech communications majors Wayne Yeager, a sophomore from River Falls; John T. Stevens, a senior from Columbia Heights, Minn; Jeremy L. Maybrey, a senior from Blaine, Minn; and Cordell Wesselink, a junior from Beldenville; as well as sophomore Hope Yeager, a broadcast journalism major from River Falls; junior Denise Baker, a speech communications education major from Hudson; sophomore Brad Jennings, an English major from Chetek; and sophomore Peter Potyondy, a social studies major from Woodbury, Minn. The three professors include journalism Professor Emeritus Michael Norman, physics Professor Eileen Korenic, and English Professor Bernie Brouhaugh.

The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre box office, located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also opens one hour before each performance. For more information or a brochure, call 715/425-3114 or 800/228-5423.

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