Posted: Wednesday Mar 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will present four shows during its 44th summer season opening May 31.
The season will open with the popular musical comedy, Forever Plaid, which runs from Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 9. Suite Surrender, a zany farce by Michael McKeever, will play from Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 30. Larry Shue’s popular comedy, The Foreigner, will return from Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 21.
A special, fourth production of The Chief by Rob Zellers and Gene Collier, about Art Rooney, Sr., the legendary founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will conclude the season from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, August 19 – concurrent with the 47th annual Pittsburgh Steelers summer training camp at Saint Vincent.
Colleen Reilly will direct all four productions.
One of the biggest hits in the history of Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will return for nine performances only. “When we asked our audiences last summer which of our many popular shows they would like to see again, this was clearly top on the list,” Ms. Reilly said. “So, we are pleased to present the hilarious and magical tale of the four-part harmony group who, following their untimely demise in 1964, are given one last chance to perform. Let the Plaids serenade you with more than a dozen of the era’s most beloved hits, including Catch a Falling Star, Three Coins in the Fountain, Perfidia, and many more. Join us once again for this celebration of the best of the 1950s: a time of innocence, sincerity, and the Ed Sullivan Show.”
A preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. June 1-2 and 5-9. A matinee is listed at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
“This is a zany delight – a farce, harkening back to the glorious comedies of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” Ms. Reilly explained. “The time is 1942 and the place is Palm Beach’s luxurious Royale Hotel, about to play host to a star-studded USO benefit. The only problem? The benefit’s headliners are two Hollywood divas, who can’t stand the sight of each other; their long-standing feud is the stuff of tinsel town legend. When they are accidentally assigned to the same hotel suite, chaos seems sure to follow. Their long-suffering assistants must conspire with the hotel’s resourceful staff to keep the two grande dames from ever encountering each other. The result is a frothy blend of mistaken identities, witty wordplay, charming romance and riotous slapstick.”
A preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. June 15-16, 19-23, and 26-30. Matinees are scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 and Sunday, June 24.
“Almost ten years ago we presented our last production of this marvelous comedy and our audiences haven’t forgotten,” Ms. Reilly continued. “After repeated requests, we are thrilled to present it again. Sargent Froggy LeSeuer of the British Army is a frequent visitor at Betty Meeks’s fishing lodge in rural Georgia. On this particular trip he has brought along a friend, Charlie, who is painfully shy. To spare Charlie the difficulty of having to converse with strangers, Froggy tells Betty and her other guests that Charlie is a “foreigner” from an unnamed country, who speaks no English. Froggy’s plan backfires, however, when the other guests, convinced that Charlie can’t understand a word they’re saying, start taking him into their confidence. He learns about everything – from a debutante’s romantic troubles to the nefarious plans of the local KKK. In order to defeat the villains’ plot, Charlie must emerge from his shell, make friends, learn English, and lead an unlikely band of heroes to victory over evil...all in the course of one of the most blissful and sidesplitting theatrical experiences… ever.”
A preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. July 6-7, 10-14, and 17-21. Two matinees are scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 and Sunday, July 15.
“This dazzling, funny and moving play will delight Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans...and everyone who loves good stories that are well-told,” Ms. Reilly concluded. “The year is 1976 and Art Rooney, Sr., the legendary founder of the Steelers organization, sits in his office, reminiscing. He recalls his colorful upbringing in Pittsburgh’s First Ward, his years as a boxer and baseball player, his associations with politicians, gamblers and bootleggers. And, of course, he talks about the Steelers: from the team’s humble beginnings through the decades of setbacks and struggles, culminating in the championship-winning Steelers of the 1970s – one of the finest teams the game has ever seen. Along the way he spins a colorful American saga – full of faith, love, laughter and some of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet. Spend an evening with the Chief and we think you’ll agree – there’s no better company.”
A preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Performances are at 8:10 p.m. July 27-28, 31, August 1-4, 7-11, and 14-18. Three matinees are scheduled at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, August 5, Wednesday, August 15 and Sunday, August 19.
BOX OFFICE OPENS MAY 21
“We are very excited to present this season of great musicals and comedies to our patrons,” Ms. Reilly said. “Our attendance continues to grow. We are so grateful to our audience members, old and new, who made that possible. We want to continue our tradition of presenting affordable, quality entertainment close to home.”
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 mailing preferred dates prior to Monday, May 21 or by calling the theater box office starting Monday, May 21 until Sunday, August 19.
From May 21 through August 19, customers may make reservations online by going to www.svst.org. A credit card is required for on-line reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $10 for preview performances, $19 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $22 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $16 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a $2 discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available through Saturday, June 30. In addition, student tickets are available for $10 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 is 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 all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.
The 23rd annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, July 13. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.
A free brochure is available by contacting Colleen Reilly at (724) 805-2229 prior to May 21 and the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724 537-8900 after May 21.
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