June 17, 2009
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SRU Performing Arts Series adds Pittsburgh options for 2009-10
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's popular four-program Performing Arts Series has been being expanded to include two optional Pittsburgh events and a murder mystery dinner as part of the 2009-10 season.
"In addition to our four great campus performances, we are offering ticket and bus transportation packages to see the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's production of "The Sleeping Beauty" and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops "Cirque de la Symphonie with Jack Everly" this year," said Deborah Baker, director of special events.
"Our season is packed with family entertainment and lots of music as well as the special murder mystery dinner," Baker said.
Season tickets to the four, 7:30 p.m. on-campus Performing Arts Series events in Miller Auditorium are on sale now and include reserved seats for:
� "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway," which opens the series Sept. 11. The production includes tunes from "Chicago," "Grease," "Cabaret," "Jersey Boys," "Cabaret," "Man of La Mancha," "Guys and Dolls," "Carousel," "Les Miserables," "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera," "Mama Mia" and others.
� Former "American Idol Stars," from the popular television show, will perform holiday selections Dec. 12. The show is directed by "American Idol's" Michael Orlando.
� The River North Chicago dance company is marking its 20th anniversary and will bring its show to SRU Feb. 5. Frank Chaves is the artistic director of the jazz-based contemporary dance company. SRU students will be featured.
� The final series event is "Barrage Animado," a high-octane fiddle-fest, set for March 20. The international, multi-talented cast will offer an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. Created in Calgary, Canada, the Barrage has played before presidents, prime ministers and princes. It has also been seen on PBS, the BBC and CBC television.
"Dial 'M' for Mother," a murder-mystery dinner theatre is planned for noon Oct. 4 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.
Season tickets for the four-event series are $74 for adults; $66 for those 62 and older, or 17 and younger; and $28 for SRU students. Tickets to the Oct. 18 ballet production in Pittsburgh's Benedum Center are $64 per person, including ballet, lunch and transportation, or $52 without transportation. The April 23 Pittsburgh Symphony Pops concert at Heinz Hall offers dress circle and transportation tickets for $94 ($82 without transportation), and family circle tickets at $60 ($48 without transportation).
There is a $3 per order handing fee. Patrons may also support the performing arts by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Rock Star Society.
Individual tickets to the Broadway salute go on sale Aug. 12. Individual tickets for the other series events will be available Sept. 30. Series subscribers have first priority for non-series events.
To order season tickets, or for additional details, call SRU's Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center at 724.738-2018.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Performance photos are available at: http://www.sru.edu/pages/15696.asp
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