Posted: Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
March 11, 2014
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre promises a summer of laughter with the announcement of four shows during its 46th summer season opening May 29.
The season will begin with the regional premiere of the magnificent French play, Heroes by Gerard Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard, which runs from Thursday, May 29 to Saturday, June 14. Boeing Boeing, a dizzying farce by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans will keep theater-goers laughing from Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, July 5. A funny, charming, heart-warming play based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in Bloom, adapted by Margaret Raether, will be featured from Thursday, July 10 to Saturday, July 26. The summer season will conclude with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s magical celebration of American music, A Grand Night for Singing, from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 17.
Colleen Reilly Rossmiller will direct all four productions.
“It is August 1959 in our first show, Heroes, and three French veterans of World War I (Gustave, Henri and Philippe) find themselves confined to a group home for retired soldiers,” Rossmiller explained. “The exploits of their youth seem long past as they spend their days sitting on a terrace, discussing the weather, planning (or resisting) birthday parties and reminiscing about former glories. However, when Philippe begins to suspect that the retirement home’s management is plotting against his life, he and Gustave launch a daring bid for freedom, dragging the reluctant Henri along in their wake. The result is a charming celebration of friendship, sacrifice and the courage it takes to grow old. We are pleased to present the regional premiere of this magnificent French play, translated into dazzling English by one of Great Britain’s finest living playwrights. At its London debut it won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy of 2006. Spend some time in the company of these heroes, and you won’t soon forget them!”
“Boeing Boeing is a laugh riot – full of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and door-slamming action,” Rossmiller continued. “The year is 1961 and air-travel is the most glamorous, sophisticated method of transportation. Parisian lothario Bernard takes full advantage of this technological innovation for his own selfish ends. You see, Bernard has three ‘fiancées’ – all stewardesses for different airlines. Their busy travel schedules allow him to juggle all three women and keep them in ignorance of the others’ existence. Then one day Robert, Bernard’s sweet, naïve friend from the country, arrives for a visit. He is dubious about Bernard’s methods – an attitude which only increases when bad weather and technical difficulties force all three women to remain in Paris and descend upon Bernard’s apartment simultaneously. Bernard and Robert then attempt to prevent the ‘fiancées’ from figuring out the truth – resulting in an ever-more-thrilling series of near-misses and comic deceptions.”
“Jeeves in Bloom is a funny, charming, heart-warming play based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, perhaps the greatest comic writer who ever lived,” Rossmiller noted. “In Jazz Age London, Bertie Wooster is a wealthy, charming (if somewhat empty-headed) man-about-town. Beneath his superficial exterior, however, beats a kind and generous heart, always ready to lend a pal a helping hand. So when Bertie’s friend, the socially inept Gussie Fink-Nottle (his only hobby is newt breeding) asks for Bertie’s aid in wooing Madeline Bassett, the girl of Gussie’s dreams, Bertie is only too happy to leave London, join a country house party and serve as cupid. His “brilliant” plans, however, quickly go astray and Bertie finds himself accidentally engaged to Madeline, participating in an elaborate burglary and running from the maniacal attacks of a jealous French chef. Luckily he never travels without his valet, the brilliant and unflappable Jeeves, whose brain is capable of unravelling even the most complicated of knots. The result is a fun, frothy joy ride, topped off with a happy ending.”
“In the tradition of last summer’s smash hit, I Love a Piano, comes A Grand Night for Singing, another magical celebration of an American musical treasure, the legendary songwriting duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein,” Rossmiller concluded. “This pair’s immortal music has been crafted and shaped into an evening of love stories. New lovers, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends – all sorts of love are explored and celebrated in what has been called ‘an evening of music and romance.’ The show features such beloved songs as Hello, Young Lovers, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, A Wonderful Guy, Maria and Some Enchanted Evening.”
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 or emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) preferred dates prior to Monday, May 19 or by calling the theater box office starting Monday, May 19 until Sunday, August 17.
Beginning May 1, patrons may also make reservations online at www.svst.org. A credit card is required for online 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 28. 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 25th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, July 11. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.
A free brochure is available by contacting Colleen Rossmiller at 724-805-2229 prior to May 19 and the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724-537-8900 after May 19.
Photo: Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons will again enjoy professional comedy productions in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. This will be the Theatre’s 46th season.
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