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McMurry Theatre Announces 2009 Summer Dinner Season

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations



ABILENE, Texas – The McMurry University Theatre Dept. has announced its 2009-10 summer dinner theatre season. The first summer production is The Fantasticks, a musical comedy by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones directed by Kerry Goff running June 11-13 and 18-20. Based on The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, the story concerns two fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love, because they know that children always do what their parents forbid. After the children do fall in love, they discover their fathers’ plot and complications arise. The show’s original production off-Broadway ran for 17,162 performances, becoming the world’s longest-running musical, for 42 years. {{more}} The second production will be the musical thriller Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler running July 23-25, 30- Aug. 1, Aug. 6-8. The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London from Australia after spending fifteen years in prison on false charges. What follows is a shocking tale of one man’s quest for revenge that mixes dark humor with tragedy accompanied by one of Sondheim’s finest musical scores in a bold new interpretation by director Barry Smoot and designer Charles Hukill. Both of the plays will be presented in Amy Graves Ryan Little Theatre with dinner served at 7 and curtain at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for dinner and show and $10 for show-only. All Thursday evening tickets are $2 off the regular price. All students receive $2 off the regular price for all performances. Summer box office hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday excluding Memorial Day and on Friday and Saturday performance days. The box office is also open from 6:30 p.m. till curtain time on all performance nights. Season tickets for the combined summer and regular season including 3 dinner theatre productions, 4 regular productions and a bill of student-written plays are available for $75.00 with meals or $45.00 for show only. For more information call 793-3889 during regular box office hours.

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