May 17, 2017
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre opens its 49th season of professional theatre with the funny and delightful musical treat, Why Do Fools Fall in Love? written and created by Roger Bean (creator of previous summers’ smash hits Route 66 and The Marvelous Wonderettes), on Thursday, May 25, directed by Saint Vincent Producing Artistic Director Greggory Brandt.
The preview performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Regular evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, Tuesday to Saturday, May 30, May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Matinees are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 28, June 4 and 11 and Wednesdays, May 31 and June 7.
Millie’s getting married! At her impromptu bachelorette party, Millie and her best friends dive into age-old questions about love, marriage and the overwhelming dating game,” Brandt commented. “As the celebration picks up steam, the girls reveal scintillating secrets about their love lives as they poke fun and challenge each other to take control of their lives. Featuring smash pop-hits from the 1960s such as My Boy Lollipop, I Will Follow Him, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, and Hey There Lonely Boy, this uplifting show reaffirms that during life’s struggles, true friendship will unveil its everlasting strength – and often with a real rockin’ beat!”
The production features Sarah Hoch as “Millie,” Brittany Silver as “Sally,” Abby Hart as “Flo” and Greta Kleckner as “Dee Dee.”
Hoch, a graduate of musical theatre at Drake University, is a newcomer to the Saint Vincent stage. Silver, who studied theatre at Montclair State University, previously played the role of “Sally” at the Palace Theatre in South Carolina and performed in the recent production of Into the Woods here two seasons ago. Hart, who trained at the Shenandoah Conservatory, has appeared in regional theatre, national tours and other New York theatre. Kleckner, who was a featured performer in Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s production of Cole, also appeared in Damn Yankees and Elf on their national tours. She studied musical theatre at Wilkes University.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theater box office at 724-537-8900. Theatre patrons may also make reservations online by going to www.svst.org. A credit card is required for online reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $15 for preview performances, $22 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $25 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $18 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available. Four-show and three-show subscription plans are again being offered this season. In addition, student tickets are available for $12 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre performances are all scheduled in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. Free van shuttle service will continue to be provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known Cabaret, the special after-the-show party to which all theatre patrons are invited. Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages after the production and also provide entertainment. The cabaret is open after all performances except Thursday preview shows and matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations ($5 per person) if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.
Upcoming productions include See How They Run, June 29 to July 16, My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Aug. 3 to 20 and Showstoppers, A Broadway Revue, Oct. 6 and 7.
The 28th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, July 7. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. To receive an invitation or further details, phone 724-805-2901.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724-537-8900.
Photos: Sarah Hoch, Brittany Silver, Abby Hart, Greta Kleckner
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