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May 14, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU announces 2012-13 series schedule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - The theatre is closed, but the shows will go on. Slippery Rock University’s Performing Arts Series is moving from Miller Auditorium to the University Union for the 2012-13 season while the building under goes major renovations.

“We’ve selected shows that are especially well-suited to the Multi-Purpose Room while Miller undergoes renovations that will give us an even greater venue in the future,” said Deborah Baker, director of special events. “We think our audience will again be pleased by this year’s series that will offer season subscribers three shows and the opportunity to select one of our special ‘café-style’ seating shows. We have also arranged to offer specially priced tickets to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “Cinderella” and the Heinz History Center for a special ticket-and-transportation excursion.”

The 2012-13 SRU series will offer The Dukes of Dixieland, Sept. 7; The Moscow Boys Choir’s “Christmas Around the World Tour,” Dec. 2; “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” March 9; and either Joe Negri and Friends in Concert, Oct. 12; or The Hunts, a performing family, April 28.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m., except the April 28 Hunt family performance, which is at 4 p.m. step-dance program.

The Heinz History Center and Spaghetti Warehouse event in Pittsburgh is Nov 3, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre “Cinderella” excursion to the Benedum Center is April 21. Busses will leave the Russell Wright Alumni House at 11 a.m..

The Dukes of Dixieland present traditional jazz and Dixieland music weaving strands of pop, gospel and country into authentic New Orleans sounds.

A blend of soprano voices make up the Moscow Bows Choir joined by the resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sounds to create that distinct Russian flavor. Founded in 1957, the ensemble is among Russia’s most prestigious all-boys choir.

Memories of the 1958 Springfield High prom are presented by four girls with hopes and dreams in “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The musical includes favorites from the 1950s and 1960s, including “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “It’s My Party,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Respect” in an evening of nostalgia and fun.

The café-style programs offer either:

· Joe Negri and Friends in Concert, focused on Negri’s talents as a jazz guitarist and his trio. Negri, well known as “Handyman Negro” on PBS’s long-running “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” children’s television show, will also bring a special guest vocalist.

· The talented Hunt family will offer a wide variety of musical genres, including selection from Celtic to country and rock. There will also be championship fiddling, step-dancing, percussion and electric guitars as well as vocal harmonies when the nine-member family performs. The Hunts will offer a free step-dance workshop for children who have purchased a show ticket at 1:45 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Separate, off-campus excursions to Pittsburgh include:

· The opportunity to visit the Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and one of the commonwealth’s largest history museums. The visit will include the chance to learn about the history of Pittsburgh, sports, industry and more. New shows at the museum will include “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” and “From Slavery to Freedom.”

A full-course meal at the Spaghetti Warehouse will precede the tour.

Tickets are $46, including transportation; $30 without transportation.

· The “Cinderella” production closes the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s season and includes the traditional telling of the enchanting story supported by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Those joining the SRU tour will receive a behind-the-scenes look at operations at the Benedum Center.

Seating, left- or right-orchestra, is $50 per person ($42 students), including transportation and an on-board bagged lunch; or, $30 without transportation and lunch.

Tickets will be distributed on the bus; or mailed to those providing their own transportation.

Season tickets to the SRU Performing Arts Series are: $76 per person for adults; $68 for those age 62 and older; $60 for those 17 and younger; and $28 for SRU students. There is a $3 overall handling fee. Individual show performance tickets are available for order now, but will not be filled until after the season subscriptions are completed.

Tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018, or by visiting the Alumni House from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.

In addition to the performing arts series, AVI-Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, will offer specialty soups, salads and sandwiches related to the show 90 minutes before the performance in the University Union Lobby. Diners will choose two items and a beverage for $10. Reservations are not required. The two café events will off ala carte food service throughout the performance.

“We would also encourage those interested in helping underwrite the performance series to call 724.738.4499,” Baker said.

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