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Porthouse Theatre Announces its Musical 2012 Summer Season

Posted Jan. 12, 2012

Terri Kent in Hello, Dolly!Porthouse Theatre, Kent State's outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center announces its 2012 season of musicals.  The professional theatre celebrates its 44th year with Damn Yankees, The World Goes Round, and The Sound of Music. 

The first production, Damn Yankees, directed by Artistic Director Terri Kent, is a Broadway musical that follows a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant.  Music and lyrics are written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.  The musical is based on a novel by Douglass Wallop, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant and runs June 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8 p.m. and June 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

The second production, The World Goes Round, a collection of love songs and comic numbers by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb with words and music written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson, will be directed and choreographed by Sean Morrissey.  The show runs July 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and July 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Finally, in true Porthouse Theatre fashion, the season closes with the iconic musical, The Sound of Music, a family classic composed and written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1930, will also be directed by Terri Kent, artistic director.  This production is an adaption of the book written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse suggested by Maria Augusta Trapp's The Trapp Family Singers.  The show will run July 26, 27, 28, 31 at 8 p.m., August 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and July 29 and Aug. 5, 11, 12 at 2 p.m.

Subscriptions and ticket packages are currently on sale.  Note: Gold Center tickets (Best Seats Porthouse) Seniors (60+) Students (18 and under or valid college ID)  Price range for Flex ticket subscription (one ticket per show, you choose dates to fit your schedule) $90; GIFT Flex tickets at $93; Preview Performance Series (June 14, July 5 and July 26) Gold Center price $60, adults and seniors $51 and $48 for students; Opening Night (includes a free reception) Gold Center price $90, adults and seniors $81 and $54 for students; Friday Weekend Series (Choose one of two sets of Friday show dates) Gold Center price 75$, adults $66, seniors $54 and $45 for students; Saturday Weekend Series (Choose one of three sets of Saturday show dates) Gold Center price $81, adults and seniors $72 and $48 for students; Sunday Weekend Series (Choose one of two sets of Sunday show dates) Gold Center price $72, adults $63, seniors $54 and $45 for students; Weekday Series (Choose one of two sets of show dates on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) Gold Center price $75, adults $66, seniors $54 and $45 for students.

The box office accepts personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.  Call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com for details.

Single tickets, ranging from $25 - $33 for Adults and Seniors and $17 - $20 for Students will go on sale after May 29, 2012. The box office is located in the Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Drive at Kent State University in Kent.  For more information visit www.porthousetheatre.com.

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For more information contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398