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SCVST's 40th Season Players Hail from Valley and Beyond

JUNE 23, 2006--The 40th anniversary season of the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre opens Thursday, June 29 with A. R. Gurney's noted "Love Letters" followed by a slate of three popular musicals, "Forever Plaid," Sisters of Swing," and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast."

Rehearsals began Monday, June 12 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Among the 2006 company members: Woodville resident Gregory Lund (second row, tenth from left) an actor and assistant stage manager; Baldwin elementary teacher Sandee Blakeley, (second row, seventh from left), who is appearing in "Love Letters;" and Baldwin resident and properties master Laura Kunesh (first row, sixth from left).; Ellsworth resident Rachael Radkey, rehearsal and show pianist, (first row, seventh from left); Denise Baker (second row, second from left), who is costumer for "Forever Plaid" and is in the chorus for "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" and "Sisters of Swing;" New Richmond residents Keith A. Carl, actor, (back row, second from left) and Karl L. Gfall, actor, (back row, fourth from left);  River Falls residents: Katherine Klacan, assistant stage manager, (first row, second from left); Robin Murray, managing director, (first row, first on left); Linda Ruth Short, musical director (second row, eleventh from left); Retired UW-River Falls journalism professor Michael Norman, also of River Falls, plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in "Love Letters" and directs the production; Shell Lake resident Marco Fields (second row, fifth from right), a scenic technician with the theater; Westby, Wis., native Jason Unseth, (second row, far right) sound designer for the musicals; South Washington (Minn.) County residents: Stephanie Briggs, actor, Cottage Grove, (second row, sixth from left); Tom Monn, actor, Woodbury (on left ladder, third from left); and Adam Jay Oster, master electrician, Woodbury (not pictured); Chaska, Minn. resident Kristy Reid, (second row, ninth from left) who is portraying Patty Andrews in "Sister of Swing;"  Hibbing, Minn., native Michael McKay (second row, eighth from left), a singer/actor in the three musicals; "Sisters of Swing" director and former Hibbing High School drama teacher Rosy Kirk (not pictured).           

"Love Letters" runs June 29-July 1 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 1:30 p.m. matinee Friday, June 30.

Loaded with nostalgic 1950s songs, "Forever Plaid" opens July 6 for seven performances.

The lives of The Andrews Sisters is chronicled in "Sisters of Swing," a trip down the 1940s musical memory lane with such hits as "Rum and Coca Cola," and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

"Sisters of Swing" opens July 21.

The well-loved megamusical, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," rounds out the SCVST season opening Aug. 4.

All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, 420 Cascade Ave., River Falls.

For more information and for season and individual tickets, call the box office at 715-425-3114, or 800-228-5423.


Photo, left: L to R: First Row (kneeling ): Robin Murray (River Falls), Kate Klacan (River Falls), Kristina Weckman, Iris O'Brien, Laura Kunesh (Baldwin), Sylvia Wadeinski, Rachael Radkey (Ellsworth), Helen Schutkoske, Bridgette McGehee, Michael Adrian. Second Row: Charles Lonie, Denise Baker (Hudson), Chloe Hansen, Sarah Parks, Justin DeLong, Stephanie Briggs (S. Washington County), Sandee Blakeley (Baldwin), Michael McKay (Hibbing, Minn.), Kristy Reid (Chaska, Minn.), Greg Lund (Woodville), Linda Short (River Falls), Willa Townsend, Brittany McMillan, Marco Fields (Shell Lake), John Dalziel, Michael Norman (River Falls), Colin Jarrett, Jason Unseth (Westby). Back Row: Vince Baumel, Keith Carl (New Richmond), Joe Burger, Karl Gfall (New Richmond). On Ladder, Left : Robert Hagen, Thomas Rusterholz, Tom Monn (S. Washington County). On Ladder, Right: Brooke McMillan, Woody Davidson.

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