An enchanting season consisting of “Forever Plaid,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Always...Patsy Cline” will be performed
LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s 51st season of professional theatre will feature three timeless musicals directed by Saint Vincent producing artistic director Greggory Brandt.
This season, cast members consisting of actors from Actors’ Equity Association along with other professional regional actors will perform Stuart Ross’ “Forever Plaid” from May 23 through June 2; “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” from June 27 through July 7; and Ted Swindley’s “Always...Patsy Cline” from Aug. 1-11.
The shows will be performed in the spacious, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus. There will be five matinee performances of each production, and complimentary transportation is provided to and from the parking areas and Carey Center.
“’Forever Plaid’ is one of the most popular and successful musicals anywhere in recent memory,” said Brandt. “This deliciously fun review opened off-Broadway in 1990 and is chock full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the ‘Plaids’ are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.”
The second show of the summer, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” is one of Disney’s most famous and successful productions, an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.
“Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature,” explained Brandt, “the stage version includes wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all time.
“This ‘tale as old as time’ is filled with spectacular costumes, memorable songs and stunning set pieces,” added Brandt, “which offers a great opportunity for fun, family theater at its best.”
The third offering, “Always...Patsy Cline, is a musical play full of down-home country humor, true emotion and audience participation. It includes 27 classic Cline hits, including “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” This will be the first time that the show will be performed at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.
“’Always...Patsy Cline’ has enjoyed great success all over the United States,” Brandt said, “including a successful run off-Broadway. According to American Theatre Magazine, it is one of the most-produced musicals in America and has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. It’s more than just a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at the age of 30 in a plane crash. The show is based on the true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed, ‘Love Always…Patsy Cline.’”
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. Beginning March 21, reservations may be made online athttp://www.svst.org. A link to buy tickets will be listed under each show under the “Shows” tab. Online reservations require a credit card payment at the time of the reservation and are non-refundable. Beginning Monday, May 6, reservations can also be made by calling the theatre box office at 724-537-8900 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Individual tickets are $15 for preview performances, $23 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $26 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $20 for matinees. All ticket prices include the additional box office fee. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 or more guests. Senior citizens 62 or older may receive a discount of $2 per ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available. A three-show subscription plan for evening performances will be available for $66. Tickets for students with valid ID along with aspiring artists are available for $15 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known Cabaret, the special after-the-show reception 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 post-show gathering.
The 30th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala is scheduled for Friday, June 28, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. It is a festive evening of gourmet food and professional theatre hosted by a select committee of theatre supporters. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. For further details contact 724-805-2901.