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Theatre Young Harris Announces 2011-12 Season, On-Sale Date

Friday, September 9, 2011

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

Theatre Young Harris Announces 2011-12 Season, On-Sale Date

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Theatre Young Harris will present an exciting new lineup of performances for the 2011-2012 season. The season will be comprised of a four-show Mainstage Series, a three-show Studio Series and a New Work Series, offering audiences a wide range of both classic and contemporary theatre and musical theatre productions.
 
The season ticket package provides a 30 percent discount for the Mainstage Series. Season tickets and individual show tickets 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 Tuesday, Sept. 13, for phone and walk-up ticket purchases for season tickets and the first show. It will also be open two weeks prior to opening night for the remaining shows in the season. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.
 
Theatre Young Harris will open its Mainstage Series in September with its children show, A Year with Frog and Toad. True to the spirit of Arnold Lobel’s popular children’s stories, this lighthearted musical follows two good friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy and stubborn Toad, as they overcome challenges together over the course of four fun-filled seasons. The friends learn a little bit about gardening and the cycle of the seasons while also learning lessons about life and friendship along the way. The production also features a live band. Seven school performances will take place in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Sept. 23, while free public performances are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.

Next, the group will present English playwright Ray Cooney’s rollicking farcical comedy Out of Order, a show that takes a look at the lighter side of political infidelity. Hilarity, crazy antics and a grand cover-up scheme commence as a junior politician attempts to cover up an affair with the opposition when nothing goes as planned. The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ and with YHC ID.

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice comes to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennett’s most urgent priority, but with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense—but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ and with YHC ID.

The Mainstage Series will close out the season with Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Sweet Charity, which 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 fun! The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, 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. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ and with YHC ID.

Theatre Young Harris will also present an exciting Studio Series, which will consist of three productions showcasing student direction. This series will open with noted American playwright Edward Albee’s innovative first play The Zoo Story. Two strangers meet by chance one sunny afternoon and become acquainted. Through a series of stories ranging from practical to the absurd, the two lives become connected and forever changed. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 20-21, at 7 p.m.

In February, the Studio Series will present Emotional Baggage by Canadian playwright Lindsay Price. Six strangers meet in a train station. All are carrying baggage that weighs them down physically and emotionally. They must confront themselves and one another. Who stays attached to their baggage and who can release themselves from the weight? Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, at 7 p.m.

The Studio Series will conclude in April with the one-act dramatic play Line by Israel Horovitz, which tells the story of five people waiting in line vying to claim the coveted first spot—and only one can win. Line is New York City’s longest-running play, running off-off Broadway at 13th Street Repertory Theatre for the past 38 years. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, April 17-18, at 7 p.m.

All Studio Series performances are free and open to the public and take place in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center.

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

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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