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Theatre Young Harris Announces 2012-13 Season, On-Sale Date

Friday, August 31, 2012

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

Theatre Young Harris Announces 2012-13 Season, On-Sale Date

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Theatre Young Harris will present an exciting new lineup of performances for the 2012-2013 season. The season will be comprised of a four-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Studio Series, offering audiences a wide range of both classic and contemporary theatre and musical theatre productions.
 
Individual show tickets for the 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.
 
Theatre Young Harris will open its Mainstage Series in September with its children’s show, Jack. Drawing on the Appalachian Jack tales of American folklore, playwright Mike Kenny retells the classic story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” as an encounter between a young boy trying to be a man and a wife trying to find happiness despite her bullying husband. Snappy, contemporary dialogue and loads of good humor are sure to delight the young and old alike. Six school performances will take place in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 21, while a free public performance is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. This show is sponsored by the Fred Register Endowment for Children’s Theatre at YHC.

Next, the group will present Museum, a witty satire by one of America’s most inventive playwrights, Tina Howe, that looks at people looking at art—and examines the movement and yearning of these people. Art aficionados, culture snobs, skeptics, foreigners, unruly students, lost souls, fellow artists and one beleaguered security guard are brought together on the final day of a group show of three fictitious contemporary American artists at a major modern art museum. The real show, however, is the parade of more than 40 colorful characters who wreak havoc as they walk through the exhibit. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID. This performance is recommended for mature audiences.

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. Performances are scheduled in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building for Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID. This performance is recommended for mature audiences. The Producers is presented through special arrangement with MTI.

The Mainstage Series will close out the season with Becky’s New Car, a thoroughly original comedy by playwright Steven Dietz with serious overtones—a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, in middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life—and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre for Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID. This performance is best enjoyed by audiences over 14 years of age.

Theatre Young Harris will also present an exciting Studio Series, which will open with a Musical Theatre Revue on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. 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.

Also in September, the Studio Series will present Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s wildly imaginative new comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone. An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins this play that explores how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us. Performances are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-22, at 7 p.m.

The Studio Series will conclude in April with Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage. What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behavior of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, April 16-17, at 7 p.m.

All Studio Series performances are free and open to the public and take place in Dobbs Theatre.

For more information, contact the Young Harris College Box Office at (706) 379-4307 or visit www.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 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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