Porthouse Theatre Summer Continues 2013 Season With“Working,” July 4-20

Kent State's outdoor summer theatre continues with "Working"

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's outdoor, summer theater on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, continues its 2013 season with "Working." The show will run July 4-20.

"Working" is based on the book by Studs Terkel and was adapted for stage by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. Jim Weaver directs and choreographs this production, with musical direction by Adam Howard, costume design by Susan Williams and set design by Nolan O'Dell.

"'Working' is a show about life, respect, acceptance and the ultimate adventure of it all," Weaver said. "We each have individual perspectives and experiences that shape our outlook and reactions to what life brings out way. In the end, however, it really boils down to having a sense of satisfaction. That is the key to true happiness. Knowing we did things right and someone noticed – that is the central message contained in 'Working.'"

This new 2010 version of "Working" is a musical exploration of 26 people in a variety of professions, from all walks of life.

"'Working' is a slice of life set to music," Weaver said. "We have funny moments, heartfelt moments, frustrating as well as uplifting moments. These are some of the variables life has to offer, and we touch on as many of them as we can in this musical about life – real life – and what we do with it."  

The show explores how people's relationships to their work reveal key aspects of their humanity, transcending the specifics of any one job.  "We are telling the story of real people peeking into how they feel on the inside," Weaver said. "Their ultimate truth is revealed through their words and songs."  

This version of the show includes two new songs by "In the Heights" Tony Award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with a streamlined book and updated lyrics.  

"Working" runs July 4-20 at 8 p.m. and July 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Porthouse Theatre is located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  

Following "Working," "Fiddler on the Roof" will close the Porthouse Theatre 2013 season, running July 25 through Aug. 11. 

Single tickets are $32-38 for adults, $26-35 for seniors and $17-21 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com.  

Porthouse Theatre features free parking and allows patrons to bring in picnics (including alcohol) to its grounds to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is located next to the theatre grounds. A covered picnic pavilion is available for reservation at $2 per person or free for subscribers, based on availability. There also is a concession stand of light snacks and beverages.  Many picnic tables are available for everyone's enjoyment at no cost.

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Photo Caption:
Members of the Porthouse Theatre 2013 Young Professional Company make up the cast of "Working" at Porthouse Theatre, July 4 – 20. The Young Professional Company is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students studying musical theatre at Kent State and beyond.

Media Contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398

POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 04:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Effie Tsengas