College of Arts News
Last Chance for The Sunshine Boys at Porthouse TheatrePosted Jul. 18, 2011
Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, is attracting big crowds for its razzle-dazzle 2011 season.
The second production of the season, Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, runs through July 23. The hilarious story about the famous vaudevillian comedy duo Lewis and Clark reveals that off stage, the two couldn’t stand each other. Twenty years later, after parting ways, they are asked to reunite on a variety show. What will become of the two crotchety comedians? The Sunshine Boys stars local talents Marc Moritz and George Roth in an evening of theatre that shouldn’t be missed.
The Porthouse Theatre season closes with the iconic musical Hello, Dolly! Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, the show will be directed by returning guest artist Victoria Bussert. A nationally acclaimed director, Bussert has been involved in directing and acting in international tours, and in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She serves as the resident director for Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater Festival and as the head of the musical theatre program at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Hello Dolly! will run July 28 - Aug. 14. Opening night, Friday, July 29, will feature a complimentary reception following the performance provided by Totally Cooked Catering and delicious cakes from The West Side Bakery in Akron.
One of the highlights of 2011 Porthouse season will be Terri Kent’s return to stage after a 13-year hiatus, as she alters roles and steps into the part of Dolly Levy. John Crawford, dean of Kent State’s College of the Arts, will choreograph the play. Crawford’s work for last season’s Bye Bye Birdie garnered him the city’s “Best Choreography of a Musical” award by local theatre critic Bob Abelman.
Single ticket prices range from $25 - $33 for adults and seniors and $17 - $20 for students. The box office is located in the Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Road on the Kent Campus. The box office on the grounds of Porthouse Theatre opens 90 minutes prior to curtain. For more information, call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com.