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Theatre Young Harris to Present Tony Award-Winning Musical “The Producers”
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present three performances of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Producers.” Performances are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Glenn Auditorium located inside the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID.
Based on the Mel Brooks film of the same name, “The Producers” tells the story of a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!
The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
The production is directed by YHC Adjunct Instructor of Theatre and Dance George Koller and features senior Evan McLean of Woodstock, Ga., as Max Bialystock, senior Michael Brown of Quitman, Ga., as Leopold Bloom, junior Ben March of Blairsville, Ga., as Franz Liebkind, junior Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., as Roger DeBris, junior Lauren Chamblin of Cumming, Ga., as Ulla, freshman LaDareon Copeland of Centerville, Ga., as Carmen Ghia, sophomore Benjamin Sims of Hiram, Ga., as Bryan, freshman Zachary Waters of Calhoun, Ga., as Scott, freshman Malik Johnson of Carrollton, Ga., as Kevin, and senior Arin Satterfield of Marietta, Ga., as Shirley.
Ensemble members include sophomore T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., junior Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., freshman Alana Lambert of Dallas, Ga., sophomore Aaron Shepherd of Murfreesboro, Tenn., junior Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., sophomore Rachel Hasluem of Senoia, Ga., freshman Meredith Martin of Cumming, Ga., freshman Stephanie Mills of Bainbridge, Ga., senior Ashley Murray of Young Harris, Ga., freshman Stephanie Rodock of Covington, Ga., sophomore Shanteria Stokes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., freshman Devyn White of Conyers, Ga., freshman Jacob Bennett of Ellijay, Ga., freshman Justin Hermosilla of Lawrenceville, Ga., sophomore Chelsey Sizemore of Flintstone, Ga., junior Monica Lewis of Dacula, Ga., freshman Carrie Moll of Suwanee, Ga., and junior Brian Walker of Powder Springs, 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 yhc.edu/tickets.
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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu