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SCVST Season Tickets Now on Sale

MARCH 30, 2007--Season tickets for the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre season are now on sale for the company's 41 st season on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. The season includes the highly anticipated stage version of Disney's "High School Musical."

Based on the smash-hit movie, "High School Musical" unfolds live on the Davis Theatre stage Tuesday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 11, with a cast of nearly 40 young actors.

The stage show will feature dazzling production numbers, new songs, and all of the familiar characters from the Disney Channel original film version.

"High School Musical" is directed by Erik Quam, whose previous SCVST credits include "Oliver!", "State Fair," and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The choreographer is professional dancer Gretchen Page, a River Falls native. The musical director is another River Falls native, James Norman.

The summer theater's season opens June 26 with the affectionate and warm-hearted comedy-drama "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," by Alfred Uhry, the award-winning author of "Driving Miss Daisy."

Performances run June 26-July 1.

Uhry's play takes place in Atlanta in December 1939 on the same night that "Gone With The Wind" is premiering there. But the socially ambitious Freitag family is more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.

Filled with love, poignancy and tender comedy, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" won Broadway's 1997 Tony Award for best play.

UWRF theatre professor and SCVST veteran Meg Swanson is directing.

A zany musical comedy filled with wacky characters and genuine charm that bursts with romance and country humor rounds out the 2007 summer theater season.

"Radio Gals," with music by the writer of "Pump Boys and Dinettes," takes the stage July 10-21, directed by Rosy Kirk, who helmed the SCVST's 2006 "Sisters of Swing."

The delightful plot unfolds in the late 1920s when the local music teacher Hazel Hunt receives a radio transmitter as her retirement gift. And what's more fun than to start her very own radio station - and Hazel's impromptu WGAL goes on the air.

Hazel's wacky "all-girl orchestra" of eccentric locals - the Hazelnuts - gather daily in her parlor, turn on the transmitter, and set hearts thumping and toes tapping with songs, homely chatter and plugs for a rejuvenating tonic that probably owes its kick to a still out back.  

The problems begin when Hazel's radio wave jumping brings a button-downed federal radio inspector to her door. But she soon discovers the inspector is a talented crooner under the bureaucratic façade and he quickly succumbs to the music and Hazel's romantic shenanigans.

"Radio Gals" musical direction is also by Norman, with choreography by UWRF instructor Denise Baker, who will also costume the show.

All productions are in Davis Theatre, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, UW-River Falls, 420 Cascade Ave., River Falls. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 1:30 p.m.

For a season brochure or more information, contact: SCVST, UW-River Falls, 410 South Third St., River Falls, WI, 54022; telephone 715-425-3971; email . Complete theater information can also be found online at: .

For more information about "Radio Gals" online: . The official "High School Musical" Web site is: . For more background about Alfred Uhry and his plays, visit:


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