June 21, 2007
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Slippery Rock University 2007-08 Performing Arts Series
features nationally known artists
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Come! See the death-defying moves of Chinese acrobats and hear the "Stradivarius voice" of Maureen McGovern. Enjoy a Tony Award winning musical and performances by a renowned dance company during the 2007-2008 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.
Subscriptions for the four shows are now available. The line up includes the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a holiday concert by McGovern, the musical "Five Guys Named Moe" and an appearance by Philadanco! Philadelphia's Dance Company.
An added attraction - not part of the series but offered for families - is a one-hour adaptation of the children's favorite "Charlotte's Web."
"This is an exciting, vibrant season," said Deborah Baker, manager of University events. "Every critic who has looked at the upcoming season has used words such as 'energizing,' 'invigorating,' 'best in their fields.'"
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.
The series opens Sept. 14 with the Golden Dragon Acrobats. This critically acclaimed group transforms 2,000 years of Chinese tradition into an awe-inspiring performance. Contortionists will ride a giant spinning wheel, martial artists will dazzle you with their stunning skills and dancers will balance more than 70 twirling plates.
McGovern will sing holiday songs as well as timeless classics when she performs Dec. 1. McGovern's career has encompassed recordings, concerts, Broadway, theater, films, television, radio and composing. Recently, McGovern was a Drama Desk nominee for her portrayal of Marmee in Broadway's "Little Women, The Musical." She made her mark in films such as "The Towering Inferno" and "Airplane." Her recording career includes such chart toppers as "The Morning After," and "We May Never Live Like This Again."
Philadanco performs Feb. 8. This dazzling group emphasizes innovative works by American choreographers in dramatic programs that not only have great audience appeal but have won unanimous critical praise. Philadanco has appeared in Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and in such prestigious locations in the U.S. as Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater and the Kimmel Center.
"Five Guys Named Moe," the two-time Tony Award winning musical, is March 29. An international sensation, this exhilarating tribute to composer Louis Jordan will keep your toes tapping to songs like "Let the Good Times Roll," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," "Caldonia," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" and many more.
TheatreWorks USA's production of "Charlotte's Web" is May 23. Based on E.B. White's story of a friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little spider named Charlotte, this tale featuring farm animals explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friends. The show is one hour. Tickets are $8 for all ages.
Subscriptions are $70 for adults, $60 for those ages 62 and older and 17 and under, and $26 for SRU students. Subscriptions tickets, now on sale, will be mailed in July. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Individual tickets for Golden Dragon Acrobats go on sale Aug. 15. All other tickets go on sale Sept. 19. Call 724-738-2091.
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