May 31, 2012
Summer Theatre kicks off with Seussical, the musical, June 27; Box office opens June 14
Seussical the musical

Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre will open for the 2012 season on June 27 with the magical and charming Seussical, the musical, a family favorite full of colorful characters from the famous works of Dr. Seuss. The fast paced comedy See How They Run will delight audiences July 13-20, and the Hal Prince version of Show Boat will close the LMST season Aug. 1-5.

Seussical the musicalSeussical lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination - Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Narrated by The Cat in the Hat himself, the story is centered on Horton, the Elephant. Horton is challenged with guarding an egg and while protecting all the people of Whoville, all of who live inside a speck of dust. Today Seussical is believed to be one of the most performed shows in America! Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Show times for Seussical are June 27-30 at 7:30 p.m., June 28 at 10 a.m., and June 30 and July 1 at 2 p.m.

On July 13, the side splitting comedy See How They Run takes to the Hayes Auditorium stage. This comedy is sure to delight audiences. Director Janet Speer says, "It's the funniest play I've ever directed!"

This fast paced farce centers on a young vicar's wife who is trying to fit into a small tightly knit town. Set in the background of the Cold War, things go awry when a pompous church matron comes calling unannounced and a male friend of the young vicar's wife's past comes to visit.

The story moves into light but misinterpreted scandal, mistaken identities, the mugging of the good vicar, and the church matron's introduction to heavy drinking (which she has never done before). Throw in another vicar and a witty maid who is a little off and you have a comedy that will make even the grumpiest smile.

Show times for See How They Run are July 13-14 and July 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18-19 at 2 p.m.

Rounding out the 2012 season is perhaps the most influential musical of the twentieth century, Show Boat. After three film versions, numerous Broadway and London revivals, and countless tours and recordings, legendary director Harold Prince took the helm for a new Broadway production in 1994; this streamlined version became an instant hit!

Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over a span of nearly fifty years, from 1880 to 1927. Show Boat tells the story of a showboat family and their struggles with gambling, race, infidelity and poverty.

Show times for Show Boat are Aug. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 2, 3 and 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available to purchase online now at The box office will open June 14. For pricing, seating options, and box office hours, visit the website or call the box office at (828) 898-8709.

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