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April 26, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU announces 2011-12 Performing Art Series


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, the best of holiday Broadway and Tap Kids make up the shows in the 2011-12 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series. Season tickets are now on sale.

            “We have always strived to bring affordable entertainment to the region, and this year we are right on target. The shows are a perfect way to show off the University and provide very high-quality productions for our area. This year’s season tickets offer a great price and a substantial savings off the individual event admission,” said Deb Baker, SRU’s director of special events. “Again this year, we are also joining with Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center to offer special ticket prices to their events.”

This is the seventh year the SRU series has been offered.

            Shows in the 2011-12 series are at 7:30 p.m., in Miller Auditorium. Parking is free.

The schedule:

Sept. 9; The award-winning Karamazov Brothers will offer 100 minutes of hilarious spectacle through juggling, music, comedy dance and theatre. The brothers will use their trademark juggling using items supplied by the audience as part of their vaudeville act.

            Oct. 28; Folk-legend Peter Yarrow will narrate his life as a musician and social activist singing iconic songs from his days with the legendary trio. The audience is expected to sing along with such hits as “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

            Dec. 2; “Neil Berg’s Broadway Holliday” will offer a cast of singers who have performed in a host of Broadway musicals offering selections from their signature shows as well as holiday favorites that will provide a perfect way to open the holiday season.

            March 30; Tap Kids features eight rhythm tap dancers from around the nation who take tap dance to new heights. The production tells the story of a group of teenagers during their last months at school as they come to terms with their love, the first big dance and their pending adulthood.

            “Our special travel excursions include group seating and transportation as a way of helping those in our region join in the Pittsburgh experience,” Baker said.

            Oct. 13; SRU will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s PNC Pops concert “Ballroom with a Twist” at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz. Marvin Hamlisch will conduct. Tickets with transportation in the dress circle are $105; $65 in the family circle; or $45 for gallery seating for students. Tickets without transportation are $15 less. A dessert reception for SRU participants will follow the concert.

            Feb. 12; An excursion to “Billy Elliot,” a celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds, is planned for the 6:30 p.m. performance at the Benedum. The event includes a box dinner served on the bus. Tickets, including transportation and dinner, are $67 for first-tier seats, and $45 for second-tier seats available only to students.

            Performing Arts season tickets are $76 for adults, $68 for seniors (those 62 and older), $66 for youth (those 17 and under), and $28 for SRU students. There is a $3 handling fee per order.

            Individual event tickets go on sale after season subscription sales conclude June 24. Previous season subscribers have the option of renewing their current seats, or upgrading through June 24.

All tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018.


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