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Theatre Young Harris to Present “Sweet Charity”

Monday, April 2, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Theatre Young Harris to Present Tony Award-Winning Musical Comedy “Sweet Charity”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present seven performances of Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Sweet Charity.” Performances are scheduled for Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. All performances will take place in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID.

Directed by YHC Theatre Department Program Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor of Dance George Koller, “Sweet Charity” follows the romantic misadventures of the ever-hopeful Charity Hope Valentine, a Times Square dance hall hostess who always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong man. With fantastic Fosse-esque choreography and Cy Coleman’s great score of favorites such as “Hey Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “The Rhythm of Life,” “Sweet Charity” makes 1960s New York a sweet escape to musical fun. The show is recommended for mature audiences only.

The production features junior Bekah Medford of Powder Springs, Ga., as Charity Hope Valentine, senior Tyler Ogburn of Blairsville, Ga., as Oscar Lindquist, junior Evan McLean of Woodstock, Ga., as Herman, freshman Benjamin Sims of Hiram, Ga., as Vittorio Vidal, sophomore Heather Poole of Young Harris, Ga.,  as Ursula March, senior Jordan Fleming of Marietta, Ga., as Mama Brubeck, sophomore Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., as Helene, sophomore Lauren Chamblin of Cumming, Ga., as Nickie, freshman Shanteria Stokes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Carmen, sophomore Lateefah Dooling of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Betsy, sophomore Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga., as Elaine, and junior Nicole Conrad of Young Harris Ga., as Frenchy and Rosie.

Ensemble members include junior Michael Brown of Savannah, Ga., freshman Heath Burnett of Ellijay, Ga., freshman T’Aricia Crawford of Buford, Ga., freshman Ptah Garvin of College Park, Ga., junior Marvin Hemphill of Buford, Ga., freshman Aaron Shepherd of Cumming, Ga., sophomore Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., and sophomore Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga. The show will also feature student musicians Jeff Stewart, bass, a sophomore from Young Harris, Ga., and Cedric Epps, drums, a junior from Talbotton, Ga.

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.

Tickets are on sale now through the Young Harris College Box Office located in the Goolsby Center lobby. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at

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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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. For more information, visit