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Theatre Young Harris Opens Studio Series with Musical Theatre Revue

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Theatre Young Harris Opens Studio Series with Musical Theatre Revue

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will open an exciting Studio Series with a Musical Theatre Revue on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Some of Young Harris College’s most talented students strut their stuff with favorite Broadway songs, dances and scenes, selected from the best of the young artists’ growing professional repertoires.

“This show is the first of what we hope will become a tradition of cabaret-style revues featuring our student talent in a simple black box theatre setting,” said the play’s director, Adjunct Instructor of Theatre and Dance George Koller. “The focus is totally on the performers—their voices, acting and movement—with no sets, minimal lighting and costumes created by the students.”

The performance will begin with a tribute to Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, featuring songs from A Chorus Line including “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love” and “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three.” Then, students will perform a selection of celebrated classics from the Great White Way, including “Old Man River” from Showboat, “All Er Nuthin’” from Oklahoma! and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.

The show will also feature some of Broadway’s best love songs, including “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific, “I Know the Truth” from Aida and “Seasons of Love” from RENT. The revue will close with musical numbers that highlight the Harlem Renaissance, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing.”

Young Harris College students performing include freshman Jacob Bennett of Ellijay, Ga., sophomore Lauren Chamblin of Cumming, Ga., freshman LaDareon Copeland of Centerville, Ga., freshman T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., sophomore Lateefah Dooling, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., junior JeRee Dukes of Lincolnton, Ga., freshman Courtney Farmer of Hiawassee, Ga., freshman Kayley Fraker of Hiram, Ga., junior Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., freshman Malik Johnson of Carrollton, Ga., freshman Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., freshman Carrie Moll of Suwanee, Ga., junior Ashley Murray of Young Harris, Ga., sophomore Benjamin Sims of Hiram, Ga., freshman Shanteria Stokes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and freshman Zach Waters of Calhoun, Ga.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by the show’s musical director, YHC Staff Accompanist Anita Guss, piano, senior Cedric Epps, drums, of Talbotton, Ga., and junior Jeffrey Stewart, bass, of Young Harris, Ga.

The Musical Theatre Revue is part of Theatre Young Harris’s Studio Series, which was created to give additional performance opportunities to students pursuing careers in theatre or musical theatre. The series consists of three productions throughout the academic year.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2012-2013 Mainstage Series are on sale now online at www.yhc.edu/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased through the Young Harris College Box Office at (706) 379-4307. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, opens Monday, Oct. 29, for phone and walk-up ticket purchases and will be open two weeks prior to opening night for shows in the Mainstage Series. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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